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Changes in attention to an irrelevant cue that accompanies a negative attending discrimination

Dopson, Jemma C., Esber, Guillem Octavio Ramos and Pearce, John Martindale 2011. Changes in attention to an irrelevant cue that accompanies a negative attending discrimination. Learning & Behavior 39 (4) , pp. 336-349. 10.3758/s13420-011-0029-3

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Pigeons were trained in two experiments with negative patterning discriminations that were accompanied by an irrelevant cue. For Experiment 1, the discriminations were of the form AX+ BX+ ABX–, where A and B were relevant, X was irrelevant, and + or – indicate whether or not reinforcement was delivered. The discriminations for Experiment 2 were of the form A+ B+ AX+ BX+ ABX–. A subsequent test phase in both experiments revealed that the associability of A and B, and hence the attention paid to these stimuli, was less than the associability of X. The results are explained with a modified version of a configural theory of associative learning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attention – Negative patterning – Irrelevant cue – Configural theory
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
ISSN: 1543-4494
Funders: BBSRC
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2020 17:04

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