Perceptual and Associative Learning by Geoffrey HallPerceptual and Associative Learning by Geoffrey Hall

Perceptual and Associative Learning

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Hardcover | December 1, 1994

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Traditional theories of associative learning have found no place for the possibility that the way in which events are perceived might change as a result of experience. Evidence for the reality of perceptual learning has come from those studied by learning theorists. The work reviewed in this book shows that learned changes in perceptual organization can in fact be demonstrated, even in experiments using procedures (such as conditioning and simple discrimination learning) of the type on which associative theories have been based. These results come fromprocedures that have been the focus of detailed theoretical and empirical analysis; and from this analysis emerges an outline of the mechanisms responsible. Some of these are themselves associative; others require the addition of nonassociative mechanisms to the traditional theory. The result is anextended version of associative theory which, it is argued, will be relevant not only to the experimental procedures discussed in this book but to the entire range of instances of perceptual learning.
Geoffrey Hall is at University of York.
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Title:Perceptual and Associative LearningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198521820

ISBN - 13:9780198521822

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'The book is valuable because readers are introduced to contemporary associative theory and its continual refinement within well-researched experimental paradigms. Hall's book is valuable because of its rigorous analysis of issues surrounding the relationship between experience with stimuliand later associative learning. The book succeeds in linking together many important ideas from seemingly disparate theoretical approaches. For this reason, the book is clearly relevant to learning theorists. Because of the central role of perceptual and associative learning in cognitive andbehavioral processes, it should also interest developmental psychologists.'John W. Moore, University of Massachusetts, American Journal of Psychology, Volume 107, number 3, Fall 1994