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Exploring a latent cause theory of classical conditioning.
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PMID:  22927000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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We frame behavior in classical conditioning experiments as the product of normative statistical inference. According to this theory, animals learn an internal model of their environment from experience. The basic building blocks of this internal model are latent causes-explanatory constructs inferred by the animal that partition observations into coherent clusters. Generalization of conditioned responding from one cue to another arises from the animal's inference that the cues were generated by the same latent cause. Through a wide range of simulations, we demonstrate where the theory succeeds and where it fails as a general account of classical conditioning.
Authors:
Samuel J Gershman; Yael Niv
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Learning & behavior     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1543-4508     ISO Abbreviation:  Learn Behav     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155056     Medline TA:  Learn Behav     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08540, USA, sjgershm@princeton.edu.
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