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The Psychology of Associative Learning

The Psychology of Associative Learning

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Part of Problems in the Behavioural Sciences

  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449762

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  • It is hard to think of any significant aspect of our lives that is not influenced by what we have learned in the past. Of fundamental importance is our ability to learn the ways in which events are related to one another, called associative learning. This book provides a fresh look at associative learning theory and reviews extensively the advances made over the past twenty years. The Psychology of Associative Learning begins by establishing that the human associative learning system is rational in the sense that it accurately represents event relationships. David Shanks goes on to consider the informational basis of learning, in terms of the memorization of instances, and discusses at length the application of connectionist models to human learning. The book concludes with an evaluation of the role of rule induction in associative learning. This will be essential reading for graduate students and researchers in psychology and the behavioral sciences.

    • The state-of-the-art description of research in learning and memory
    • No obvious competitors for this teaching text
    • David Shanks was the winner of the 1994 Experimental Psychology Society Prize
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    "Shanks' survey of recent research in associative learning is coherent, engaging, lucid and provocative...well suited for academic courses, qualifying examinations, individual review, and reference." John K. Kruschke, Journal of Mathematical Psychology

    "...coherent, engaging, lucid and provocative....replete with lucid summaries of experiments on human and animal learning....expertly coherent account of human associative learning....Shank's book is a lucid and coherent tour of recent in associative learning." John K. Kruschke, Journal of Mathematical Psychology

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    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449762
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. The rational analysis of learning
    3. Prototype abstraction and instance memorisation
    4. Connectionism and learning
    5. Rule induction
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    David R. Shanks, University College London

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