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Mechanisms in Classical Conditioning
A Computational Approach

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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521887809

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  • What mechanisms are involved in enabling us to generate predictions of what will happen in the near future? Although we use associative mechanisms as the basis to predict future events, such as using cues from our surrounding environment, timing, attentional, and configural mechanisms are also needed to improve this function. Timing mechanisms allow us to determine when those events will take place. Attentional mechanisms ensure that we keep track of cues that are present when unexpected events occur and disregard cues present when everything happens according to our expectations. Configural mechanisms make it possible to combine separate cues into one signal that predicts an event different from that predicted individually by separate cues. Written for graduates and researchers in neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering and psychology, the author presents neural network models that incorporate these mechanisms and shows, through computer simulations, how they explain the multiple properties of associative learning.

    • Highlights a new approach to understanding the neurological mechanisms of classical conditioning using computer simulated data
    • An analysis of classical conditioning and other psychological behaviors allow previously contradictory experimental data to be explained
    • Applies the concept to case studies of behaviors making clear the relationship between the mechanisms and the resulting behavior
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    "... a tour de force or at least as a richly referenced tour of the largely pre-21st-century theoretical and empirical literature of classical conditioning. One comes away with a profoundly renewed appreciation for how far the endeavor has come since its launch more than a century ago in St. Petersburg. Even if computational models are only a side interest, the comprehensive sweep of their application throughout the book offers a rigorous introduction to conditioning procedures and phenomena."
    Harold Miller Jr. for PsycCRITIQUES

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521887809
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 142 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Classical conditioning: data and theories
    Part II. Attentional and Associative Mechanisms:
    2. An attentional-associative model of conditioning
    3. Simple and compound conditioning
    4. The neurobiology of classical conditioning
    5. Latent inhibition
    6. The neurobiology of latent inhibition
    7. Creativity
    8. Blocking and overshadowing
    9. Extinction
    10. The neurobiology of extinction
    Part III. Configural Mechanisms:
    11. A configural model of conditioning
    12. Occasion setting
    13. The neurobiology of occasion setting
    Part IV. Attentional, Associative, Configural, and Timing Mechanisms:
    14. Configuration and timing: timing and occasion setting
    15. Attention and configuration: extinction cues
    16. Attention, association and configuration: causal learning and inferential reasoning
    Part V. Conclusion: Mechanisms of classical conditioning.

  • Author

    Nestor Schmajuk, Duke University, North Carolina
    Dr Schmajuk has been an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Buenos Aires (Argentina), an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, and is presently a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Here he has developed several neural network models of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, animal communication, creativity, spatial learning, cognitive mapping and prepulse inhibition. Previous books by this author include Animal Learning and Cognition: A Neural Network Approach, 1997.

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