The propositional nature of human associative learning.

  title={The propositional nature of human associative learning.},
  author={Chris J. Mitchell and Jan De Houwer and Peter F. Lovibond},
  journal={The Behavioral and brain sciences},
  volume={32 2},
  pages={183-98; discussion 198-246}
The past 50 years have seen an accumulation of evidence suggesting that associative learning depends on high-level cognitive processes that give rise to propositional knowledge. Yet, many learning theorists maintain a belief in a learning mechanism in which links between mental representations are formed automatically. We characterize and highlight the differences between the propositional and link approaches, and review the relevant empirical evidence. We conclude that learning is the… CONTINUE READING
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