Cue competition in human associative learning

R. P. McLaren, F. W. Jones, Fayme Yeates, I. P. L. McLaren

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We used a SRT task in which the preceding two trials of a run of three predicted the third 2/3 of the time, and added
another predictive cue, a colored square, which could also predict the next response required. The question was to what extent
would these two cues compete for control of behavior? We assessed this by comparing the dual cue group to a color only
control and a sequence only control. Our results showed that the dual group learned about both cues to about the same extent as
the individual controls, but that when switched to a test phase where each cue could be assessed independently, the dual group
showed a marked decline in performance relative to the controls. We interpret this as evidence for overshadowing occurring
between the two predictive cues in the dual group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperative minds: social interaction and group dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsMarkus Knauff, Michael Pauen, Natalie Sebanz, Ipke Wachsmuth
Place of PublicationAustin, Texas
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9780976831891
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31 Jul 20133 Aug 2013

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Academic conference35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society


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