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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726560/bayesian-methods-for-addressing-long-standing-problems-in-associative-learning-the-case-of-pree
#1
Fernando Blanco, Joaquín Moris
Most associative models typically assume that learning can be understood as a gradual change in associative strength that captures the situation into one single parameter, or representational state. We will call this view single-state learning. However, there is ample evidence showing that under many circumstances different relationships that share features can be learned independently, and animals can quickly switch between expressing one or another. We will call this multiple-state learning. Theoretically, it is understudied because it needs a different data analysis approach from those usually employed...
July 20, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726552/on-the-sources-of-forgetting-in-working-memory-the-test-of-competing-hypotheses
#2
Pierre Barrouillet, Kim Uittenhove, Annalisa Lucidi, Naomi Langerock
Whether forgetting from working memory (WM) is only due to interference or is also caused by temporal decay is still a matter of debate. In the present study, this question was examined using complex span tasks in which each memory item was followed by a series of processing episodes, the duration and number of which were varied. It is known that recall performance in these tasks depends on the cognitive load (CL) of concurrent processing conceived as the ratio between processing time and free time, higher CL resulting in lower spans...
July 20, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697705/sad-people-are-more-accurate-at-expression-identification-with-a-smaller-own-ethnicity-bias-than-happy-people
#3
Peter J Hills, Dominic M Hill
Sad individuals perform more accurately at face identity recognition (Hills, Werno, & Lewis, 2011), possibly because they scan more of the face during encoding. During expression identification tasks, sad individuals do not fixate on the eyes as much as happier individuals (Wu, Pu, Allen, & Pauli, 2012). Fixating on features other than the eyes leads to a reduced own-ethnicity bias (Hills & Lewis, 2006). This background indicates that sad individuals would not view the eyes as much as happy individuals and this would result in improved expression recognition and a reduced own-ethnicity bias...
July 12, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697690/try-and-try-again-post-error-boost-of-an-implicit-measure-of-agency
#4
S Di Costa, H Théro, V Chambon, P Haggard
The sense of agency refers to the feeling that we control our actions and, through them, effects in the outside world. Reinforcement learning provides an important theoretical framework for understanding why people choose to make particular actions. Few previous studies have considered how reinforcement and learning might influence the subjective experience of agency over actions and outcomes. In two experiments, participants chose between two action alternatives, which differed in reward probability. Occasional reversals of action-reward mapping required participants to monitor outcomes and adjust action selection processing accordingly...
July 12, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697687/the-fractions-snarc-revisited-processing-fractions-on-a-consistent-mental-number-line
#5
Elizabeth Y Toomarian, Edward M Hubbard
The ability to understand fractions is key to establishing a solid foundation in mathematics, yet children and adults struggle to comprehend them. Previous studies have suggested that these struggles emerge because people fail to process fraction magnitude holistically on the mental number line (MNL), focusing instead on fraction components (Bonato et al. 2007). Subsequent studies have produced evidence for default holistic processing (Meert et al., 2009; 2010), but examined only magnitude processing, not spatial representations...
July 12, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697673/visual-cortex-activation-predicts-visual-preference-evidence-from-britain-and-egypt
#6
Alexis D J Makin, Mai Helmy, Marco Bertamini
The term 'Perceptual goodness' refers to the strength, obviousness or salience of a visual configuration. Recent work has found strong agreement between theoretical, neural and behavioural measures of perceptual goodness across a wide range of different symmetrical visual patterns (Makin et al. 2016). We used these pattern types again to explore the relationship between perceptual goodness and aesthetic preference. A group of 50 UK participants rated the patterns on a 0-100 scale. Preference ratings positively correlated with four overlapping measures of perceptual goodness...
July 12, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695765/the-redundancy-effect-in-human-causal-learning-no-evidence-for-changes-in-selective-attention
#7
Peter M Jones, Tara Zaksaite
Several recent papers (e.g. Uengoer, Lotz, & Pearce, 2013) have reported a difference in associative learning for two kinds of redundant cues, such that a blocked cue (e.g. X in A+ AX+) apparently forms a stronger association with the outcome than an uncorrelated cue (e.g. Y in BY+ CY-). This difference is referred to as the redundancy effect, and is of interest because it is contrary to the predictions of a number of popular learning models. One way of reconciling these models with the redundancy effect is to assume that the amount of attention paid to redundant cues changes as a result of experience, and that these changes in attention influence subsequent learning...
July 11, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695758/differential-vergence-movements-in-reading-chinese-and-english-greater-fixation-initial-binocular-disparity-is-advantageous-in-reading-the-denser-orthography
#8
Yi-Ting Hsiao, Richard Shillcock, Mateo Obregón, Hamutal Kreiner, Matthew A J Roberts, Scott McDonald
We explore two aspects of exovergence: we test whether smaller binocular fixation disparities accompany the shorter saccades and longer fixations observed in reading Chinese; we test whether potentially advantageous psychophysical effects of exovergence (cf. Arnold & Schindel, 2010; Kersten & Murray, 2010) transfer to text reading. We report differential exovergence in reading Chinese and English: Chinese readers begin fixations with more binocular disparity, but end fixations with a disparity closely similar to that of the English readers...
July 11, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649917/partial-reinforcement-and-conditioned-taste-aversion-no-evidence-for-resistance-to-extinction
#9
Dominic M Dwyer, Patricia Gasalla, Matías López
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649944/hearing-without-listening-attending-to-a-quiet-audiobook
#10
Hettie Roebuck, Kun Guo, Patrick Bourke
Careful systematic tests of hearing ability may miss the cognitive consequences of sub-optimal hearing when listening in the real world. In Experiment One, sub-optimal hearing is simulated by presenting an audiobook at a quiet but discriminable level over 50 minutes. Recall of facts, words and inferences are assessed and performance compared to another group at a comfortable listening volume. At the quiet intensity, participants are able to detect, discriminate and identify spoken words but do so at a cost to sequential accuracy and fact recall when attention must be sustained over time...
June 25, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649906/a-test-for-a-difference-in-the-associability-of-blocked-and-uninformative-cues-in-human-predictive-learning
#11
Metin Uengoer, Dominic M Dwyer, Stephan Koenig, John M Pearce
In human predictive learning, blocking, A+AB+, and a simple discrimination, UX+ VX-, result in a stronger response to the blocked, B, than the uninformative cue, X (where letters represent cues, and + and - represent different outcomes). In order to assess if these different treatments result in more attention being paid to blocked than uninformative cues, Stage 1 in each of three experiments generated two blocked cues, B and E, and two uninformative cues, X and Y. In Stage 2, participants received two simple discriminations: either BX+ EX- and BY+ EY-, or BX+ BY- and EX+ EY-...
June 25, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649899/individual-differences-in-susceptibility-to-false-memories-the-effect-of-memory-specificity
#12
Stephen A Dewhurst, Rachel J Anderson, Donna M Berry, Sarah R Garner
Previous research has highlighted the wide individual variability in susceptibility to the false memories produced by the Deese/Roediger-McDermott (DRM) procedure [Deese, J. (1959). On the prediction of occurrence of particular verbal intrusions in immediate recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 17-22; Roediger, H. L., III, & McDermott, K. B. (1995). Creating false memories: Remembering words not presented in lists. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 21, 803-814]...
June 25, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644105/time-course-analyses-of-orthographic-and-phonological-priming-effects-in-developing-readers
#13
M H T Zeguers, H M Huizenga, M W van der Molen, P Snellings
It has been assumed that fluent reading requires efficient integration of orthographic and phonological codes. However, it is thus far unclear how this integration process develops when children learn to become fluent readers. Therefore, we used masked priming to investigate time courses of orthographic and phonological code activation in children at incremental levels of reading development (2nd, 4th and 6th grade). The first study used targets with small phonological differences between phonological and orthographic primes, which are typical in transparent orthographies...
June 23, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644071/age-invariance-in-rapid-facial-affective-reactions-to-emotionally-valenced-stimuli
#14
Matthew R Nangle, Phoebe E Bailey, Julie D Henry, Georgina S Khlentzos, Kandice J Varcin, Alexis E Whitton
It has been suggested that an age-related positivity effect may only occur in the context of explicit information processing, but it is unclear whether this bias extends to the processing of rapid facial reactions. In addition, most studies that have looked for evidence of age-related implicit positivity have used attentional (as opposed to sensory) unawareness paradigms, or used broad-based indicators of attentional awareness that do not speak to the nature of the affective response. In the present study, younger and older adults were therefore asked to view non-facial images presented supraliminally (i...
June 23, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631530/intentional-preparation-of-auditory-attention-switches-explicit-cueing-and-sequential-switch-predictability
#15
Julia C Seibold, Sophie Nolden, Josefa Oberem, Janina Fels, Iring Koch
In an auditory attention-switching paradigm, participants heard two simultaneously spoken number-words, each presented to one ear, and decided if the target number was smaller or larger than five by pressing a left or right key. An instructional cue in each trial indicated which feature had to be used to identify the target-number (e.g. female voice). Auditory attention-switch costs were found when this feature changed compared to when it repeated in two consecutive trials. Earlier studies employing this paradigm showed mixed results when they examined whether such cued auditory attention-switches can be prepared actively during the cue-stimulus-interval...
June 20, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627322/orienting-to-see-what-s-important-learn-to-ignore-the-irrelevant
#16
Mitchell Rabinowitz, Jaclin Gerstel-Friedman
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The current study used a triad judgment task to assess whether blocking by comparison type in a triad judgment task could lead people to pay less attention to surface level (irrelevant) features and pay more attention to deep (structural) features of information. SAMPLE: A sample of 313 participants recruited through Mechanical Turk participated in this study. METHOD: On each triad, participants were asked to evaluate which of two source scenarios went best with the target scenario...
June 19, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627301/learned-changes-in-outcome-associability
#17
Martyn C Quigley, Carla J Eatherington, Mark Haselgrove
When a cue reliably predicts an outcome, the associability of that cue will change. Associative theories of learning propose this change will persist even when the same cue is paired with a different outcome. These theories, however, do not extend the same privilege to an outcome; an outcome's learning history is deemed to have no bearing on subsequent new learning involving that outcome. Two experiments were conducted which sought to investigate this assumption inherent in these theories using a serial letter-prediction task...
June 19, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627281/mirroring-meaningful-actions-sensorimotor-learning-modulates-imitation-of-goal-directed-actions
#18
Caroline Catmur, Cecilia Heyes
Imitation is important in the development of social and technological skills throughout the lifespan. Experiments investigating the acquisition and modulation of imitation (and of its proposed neural substrate, the mirror neuron system) have produced evidence that the capacity for imitation depends on associative learning in which connections are formed between sensory and motor representations of actions. However, evidence that the development of imitation depends on associative learning has been found only for non-goal-directed actions...
June 19, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612645/associative-mechanisms-involved-in-specific-pavlovian-to-instrumental-transfer-pit-in-human-learning-tasks
#19
Daniel E Alarcón, Charlotte Bonardi, Andrew R Delamater
Four experiments compared the effect of forward and backward conditioning procedures on the ability of conditioned stimuli (CSs) to elevate instrumental responding in a Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer (PIT) task. Two responses were each trained with one distinct outcome (R1->O1, R2->O2), either concurrently (Experiment 1) or separately (Experiments 2, 3 and 4). Then, in Experiments 1 and 2, four CSs were either followed or preceded by one outcome (A-->O1, B->O2,O1->C, O2->D). In Experiment 3 each CS was preceded and followed by an outcome: for one group of participants both outcomes were identical (e...
June 14, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609153/the-wiley-handbook-on-the-cognitive-neuroscience-of-learning
#20
Geoffrey Hall
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 13, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
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