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Two kinds of attention in Pavlovian conditioning: evidence for a hybrid model of learning.

Haselgrove, Mark and Esber, Guillem R and Pearce, John M and JONES, Peter M (2010) Two kinds of attention in Pavlovian conditioning: evidence for a hybrid model of learning. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 36 (4). pp. 456-70. ISSN 1939-2184

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Four appetitive Pavlovian conditioning experiments with rats examined the rate at which the discrimination between compounds AY and AX was solved relative to the discrimination between compounds AY and BY. In Experiments 1 and 2, these discriminations were preceded by training in which A and B were continuously reinforced and X and Y were partially reinforced. Consistent with the Pearce and Hall (1980) model, the results showed that the AY/AX discrimination was solved more readily than the AY/BY discrimination. In Experiments 3 and 4, the discriminations were preceded by feature-positive training in which trials with AX and BY signaled food but trials with X and Y did not. Consistent with the Mackintosh (1975) model, the results showed that the AY/BY discrimination was solved more readily than the AY/AX discrimination. These results are discussed with respect to a hybrid model of conditioning and attention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Peter JONES
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 19:07
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 19:12
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/343

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