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Associative activation of stimulus representations restores lost salience: Implications for perceptual learning

Hall, G., Blair, C.A.J. and Artigas, A.A. (2006) Associative activation of stimulus representations restores lost salience: Implications for perceptual learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32 (2). pp. 145-155. ISSN 0097-7403

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Abstract

In 3 experiments, rats received preexposure to presentations of a compound flavor BX. The effective salience of B was then tested by assessing its ability to interfere with the aversion controlled by another flavor or the tendency to drink a saline solution after the induction of a salt need. It was found that the effective salience of B was maintained when during preexposure, presentations of BX alternated with presentations of X alone. This was true both when BX was presented as a simultaneous compound (Experiment 1) and as a serial compound (X?B; Experiments 2 and 3); salience was not maintained when the serial compound took the form B?X (Experiments 2 and 3a). It was argued that the salience of B declines during preexposure but is restored when presentations of X are able to activate the representation of B by way of the associative X-B link.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 13:58
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2009 13:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0097-7403.32.2.145
Status: Published
Publisher: Apa American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0097-7403.32.2.145
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6645

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