The relative effect of cue interaction

Tangen, Jason M. and Allan, Lorraine G. (2003) The relative effect of cue interaction. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B-comparative And Physiological Psychology, 56 3: 279-300. doi:10.1080/02724990244000278


Author Tangen, Jason M.
Allan, Lorraine G.
Title The relative effect of cue interaction
Journal name Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B-comparative And Physiological Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-4995
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02724990244000278
Volume 56
Issue 3
Start page 279
End page 300
Total pages 22
Place of publication Hove
Publisher Psychology Press
Language eng
Abstract It is well established that two predictor cues ( A and B ) of a common outcome interact in that the judgement of the relationship between each cue and the outcome is influenced by the pairing history of the other cue with that outcome. For example, when the contingency of A with an outcome is weaker than the contingency of B with that outcome, the rating of the predictiveness of A is reduced relative to a situation where only A is paired with the outcome. One explanation of such cue interaction effects is provided by the conditional Delta P account. Spellman (1996b) derived a counterintuitive prediction of the conditional Delta P account where cue interaction should not occur under certain conditions even though a relatively poor predictor of an outcome is paired with a relatively good predictor of that outcome. However, Spellman (1996b) did not provide data to evaluate this prediction. In the present paper, we report the relevant data and show that they are consistent with the conditional Delta P account. A competing account of cue interaction is provided by the Rescorla-Wagner (RW) model. We derive the predictions of the RW model for the conditions specified by Spellman (1996b), and show that at asymptote the predictions of the RW model are identical to those of the conditional Delta P account.
Keyword Psychology, Biological
Physiology
Psychology
Psychology, Experimental
Causal Induction
Contingency Judgments
Binary Variables
Power
Associations
Competition
Covariation
Accounts
Models
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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