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The Proust effect and the evolution of a dual learning system

  • Helena Matute (a1) and Miguel A. Vadillo (a1)

Proust's madeleine illustrates the automatic nature of associative learning. Although we agree with Mitchell et al. that no compelling scientific proof for this effect has yet been reported in humans, evolutionary constraints suggest that it should not be discarded: There is no reason by which natural selection should favor individuals who lose a fast and automatic survival tool.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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