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Contextual control of attentional allocation in human discrimination learning

Uengoer, Metin, Lachnit, Harald, Lotz, Anja, Koenig, Stephan and Pearce, John Martindale 2013. Contextual control of attentional allocation in human discrimination learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 39 (1) , pp. 56-66. 10.1037/a0030599

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Abstract

In 3 human predictive learning experiments, we investigated whether the allocation of attention can come under the control of contextual stimuli. In each experiment, participants initially received a conditional discrimination for which one set of cues was trained as relevant in Context 1 and irrelevant in Context 2, and another set was relevant in Context 2 and irrelevant in Context 1. For Experiments 1 and 2, we observed that a second discrimination based on cues that had previously been trained as relevant in Context 1 during the conditional discrimination was acquired more rapidly in Context 1 than in Context 2. Experiment 3 revealed a similar outcome when new stimuli from the original dimensions were used in the test stage. Our results support the view that the associability of a stimulus can be controlled by the stimuli that accompany it.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-2184
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/51507

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