Value learning modulates goal-directed actions

Painter, David R., Kritikos, Ada and Raymond, Jane E. (2013) Value learning modulates goal-directed actions. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 6: 1166-1175. doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.848913

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Author Painter, David R.
Kritikos, Ada
Raymond, Jane E.
Title Value learning modulates goal-directed actions
Journal name The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0218
Publication date 2013-11-14
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2013.848913
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Issue 6
Start page 1166
End page 1175
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
With experience, particular objects can predict good or bad outcomes. This alters our perceptual response to them: Reliable predictors of salient outcomes are recognized faster and better than unreliable predictors, regardless of the value (gain, loss) of the outcome they predict. When attentional resources are constrained, learned value associations matter, causing recognition of gain-associated objects to be spared. Here, we ask how learned predictiveness and value change the way we interact with potentially rewarding objects. After associating virtual objects (drinking flutes) with monetary gains or losses, reaching for and grasping corresponding real objects depended on the object's learned value. Action was faster when directed at objects that previously predicted outcomes more rather than less consistently, regardless of value. Conversely, reaches were more direct for gain- than for loss-associated objects, regardless of their predictiveness. Action monitoring thus reveals how value learning components become accessible during action.
Keyword Value learning
Goal-directed actions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Accepted author version posted online: 25 Oct 2013. Published online: 14 Nov 2013

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