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Associative structures in animal learning: Dissociating elemental and configural processes

Honey, Robert Colin ORCID:, Iordanova, Mihaela D. and Good, Mark Andrew ORCID: 2014. Associative structures in animal learning: Dissociating elemental and configural processes. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 108 , pp. 96-103. 10.1016/j.nlm.2013.06.002

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The central concern of associative learning theory is to provide an account of behavioral adaptation that is parsimonious in addressing three key questions: (1) under what conditions does learning occur, (2) what are the associative structures involved, and (3) how do these affect behavior? The principle focus here is on the second question, concerning associative structures, but we will have cause to touch on the others in passing. This question is one that has exercised theorists since Pavlov’s descriptions of the conditioning process, where he identifies the shared significance of the study of conditioned reflexes for psychologists and neuroscientists alike.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elemental; Configural; Hippocampus
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1074-7427
Funders: BBSRC
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:04

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