Stimulus competition in affective and relational learning

Lipp, OV, Neumann, DL and Mason, V (2001) Stimulus competition in affective and relational learning. Learning And Motivation, 32 3: 306-331. doi:10.1006/lmot.2001.1087

Author Lipp, OV
Neumann, DL
Mason, V
Title Stimulus competition in affective and relational learning
Journal name Learning And Motivation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0023-9690
ISBN 0023-9690/01
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/lmot.2001.1087
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 306
End page 331
Total pages 26
Editor S.F. Maier
Place of publication USA
Publisher Academic Press, Inc.
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
380101 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Evaluative learning theory states that affective learning, the acquisition of likes and dislikes, is qualitatively different from relational learning, the learning of predictive relationships among stimuli. Three experiments tested the prediction derived from evaluative learning theory that relational learning, but not affective learning, is affected by stimulus competition by comparing performance during two conditional stimuli, one trained in a superconditioning procedure and the other in a blocking procedure. Ratings of unconditional stimulus expectancy and electrodermal responses indicated stimulus competition in relational learning. Evidence for stimulus competition in affective learning was provided by verbal ratings of conditional stimulus pleasantness and by measures of blink startle modulation. Taken together, the present experiments demonstrate stimulus competition in relational and affective learning, a result inconsistent with evaluative learning theory. (C) 2001 Academic Press.
Keyword Psychology, Biological
Psychology, Experimental
Stimulus Competition
Affective Learning
Blink Startle
Electrodermal Responses
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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