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The Psychology of Associative Learning
by David Shanks
It is hard to think of any significant aspect of our lives that is not influenced by what we have learned in the past. Of fundamental importance is our ability to learn the ways in which events are related to one another, called associative learning. This book provides a fresh look at associative learning theory and reviews extensively the advances made over the past twent ...more
Published March 31st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 28th 1995)
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Jun 17, 2011 Chrissy rated it really liked it
A wonderful review of different theories and models of basic human learning processes, tying together multiple levels of analysis (mechanistic, theoretic, connectionist modelling) in a coherent and fair manner, as well as outlining the challenges to those approaches. Where other researchers would have favoured their preferred level of analysis at the expense of equally valid alternatives, Shanks considers the likelihood that many of them are simultaneously valid explanations of behaviour, and th ...more