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Learning without thinking

  • R. A. Boakes (a1)

The main conclusion to draw from Mitchell et al's article is that it is difficult to disentangle cognitive and learning processes in contingency and causal experiments. More compelling evidence for human associate learning comes from research where, because of the type of events involved, participants are unable or unlikely to think about the relationships between the events.

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D. M. Karazinov & R. A Boakes . (2007) Second order conditioning in human predictive judgments when there is little time to think. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 60:448–60.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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