Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Saliences, propositions, and amalgams: Emergent learning in nonhumans

  • Heidi Lyn (a1) and Duane M. Rumbaugh (a2) (a3)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X09001022
  • Published online: 01 April 2009
Abstract
Abstract

We comment on the similarities and differences of Mitchell et al.'s framework for understanding classical and operant conditioning and the theoretical framework put forth by Rumbaugh et al. (2007). We propose that all nonhuman and human learning may be based on amalgams created by co-occurring stimuli that share their response-eliciting properties and that these amalgams may be propositional in nature.

Copyright
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

H Lyn . (2007) Mental representation of symbols as revealed by vocabulary errors in two bonobos (Pan paniscus). Animal Cognition 10:461–75.

H. Lyn , P. M. Greenfield & E. S Savage-Rumbaugh . (2006) The development of representational play in chimpanzees and bonobos: Evolutionary implications, pretense, and the role of interspecies communication. Cognitive Development 21:199213.

H. Lyn & E. S Savage-Rumbaugh . (2000) Observational word learning by two bonobos: Ostensive and non-ostensive contexts. Language and Communication 20:255–73.

D. M. Rumbaugh , J. E. King , M. J. Beran , D. A. Washburn & K. L Gould . (2007) A salience theory on learning and behavior: With perspectives on neurobiology and cognition. International Journal of Primatology 28:973–96.

D. M. Rumbaugh & D. A Washburn . (2003) The intelligence of apes and other rational beings. Yale University Press.

E. S. Savage-Rumbaugh , K. McDonald , R. A. Sevcik , W. D. Hopkins & E Rupert . (1986) Spontaneous symbol acquisition and communicative use by pygmy chimpanzees (Pan paniscus). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 115:211–35.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

This erratum applies to the following article(s)