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Stimulus control and associative learning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6520579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Interest in operant research on stimulus control has declined at the same time that much interest has burgeoned in nonoperant areas. Several examples of this shift toward traditional learning theory are considered, all of which have sponsored theoretical approaches that attempt to characterize the underlying associative units. These theoretical approaches are defended on the grounds that they have generated a deeper understanding of a variety of often puzzling phenomena. My projection is that future research will be determined even more strongly by theories about the structure of associations. Particular issues for which such discussion will have major impact include (1) whether conditional stimulus control is qualitatively different than simpler forms of stimulus control, (2) whether stimulus control is organized hierarchically, and (3) the origin of categories of stimulus equivalence.
B A Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0022-5002     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Anal Behav     Publication Date:  1984 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-02-28     Completed Date:  1985-02-28     Revised Date:  2010-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0203727     Medline TA:  J Exp Anal Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Association Learning*
Concept Formation
Conditioning, Operant*
Discrimination Learning
Generalization, Stimulus
Inhibition (Psychology)
Set (Psychology)
Grant Support
R01 MH 35572-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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