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Elaboration of a model of Pavlovian learning and performance: HeiDI

Honey, Robert C. ORCID:, Dwyer, Dominic M. ORCID: and Iliescu, Adela F. ORCID: 2021. Elaboration of a model of Pavlovian learning and performance: HeiDI. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 46 (3) , pp. 170-184. 10.1037/xan0000239

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The model elaborated here adapts the influential pooled error term, first described by Allan R. Wagner and his colleague Robert A. Rescorla, to govern the formation of reciprocal associations between any pair of stimuli that are presented on a given trial. In the context of Pavlovian conditioning, these stimuli include various conditioned and unconditioned stimuli. This elaboration enables the model to deal with cue competition phenomena, including the relative validity effect, and evidence implicating separate error terms and attentional processes in association formation. The model also includes a performance rule, which provides a natural basis for (individual) variation in the strength and nature of conditioned behaviors that are observed in Pavlovian conditioning procedures. The new model thereby begins to address theoretical and empirical issues that were apparent when the Rescorla-Wagner model was first described, together with research inspired by the model over ensuing 50 years.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 2329-8456
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 14 January 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 23:00

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