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Latent inhibition and habituation: evaluation of an associative analysis

Honey, Robert Colin ORCID:, Iordanova, Mihaela D. and Good, Mark Andrew ORCID: 2010. Latent inhibition and habituation: evaluation of an associative analysis. Lubow, Robert and Weiner, Ina, eds. Latent Inhibition: Cognition, Neuroscience and Applications to Schizophrenia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 163-182. (10.1017/CBO9780511730184.009)

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Latent inhibition and habituation are behavioural phenomena that result from the same simple procedure: when an animal receives exposure to a stimulus, the unconditioned responses that were once provoked by that stimulus diminish or habituate, and subsequently the rate at which conditioned responding can be established to the stimulus is reduced. One parsimonious interpretation of these phenomena is that they reflect the operation of the same attentional process: a novel stimulus attracts attention, provokes responding and is rapidly learnt about; exposure to a stimulus produces a decline in attention and concomitant reductions in responding and learning. Here, we present an integrative review of recent research that provides support for a specific account of habituation and latent inhibition that is grounded in a formal analysis of the mnemonic processes involved in associative learning. This analysis also provides one interpretation of the role of the hippocampus, a structure traditionally associated with both mnemonic and attentional processes, in habituation and latent inhibition.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521517331
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Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:02

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