Statistical learning using real-world scenes: extracting categorical regularities without conscious intent.

@article{Brady2008StatisticalLU,
  title={Statistical learning using real-world scenes: extracting categorical regularities without conscious intent.},
  author={Timothy F Brady and Aude Oliva},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2008},
  volume={19 7},
  pages={678-85}
}
Recent work has shown that observers can parse streams of syllables, tones, or visual shapes and learn statistical regularities in them without conscious intent (e.g., learn that A is always followed by B). Here, we demonstrate that these statistical-learning mechanisms can operate at an abstract, conceptual level. In Experiments 1 and 2, observers incidentally learned which semantic categories of natural scenes covaried (e.g., kitchen scenes were always followed by forest scenes). In… CONTINUE READING