Why do the effects of delaying reinforcement in animals and delaying feedback in humans differ? A working-memory analysis.

@article{Lieberman2008WhyDT,
  title={Why do the effects of delaying reinforcement in animals and delaying feedback in humans differ? A working-memory analysis.},
  author={David A Lieberman and A. Carina M. Vogel and Jaime Nisbet},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={61 2},
  pages={194-202}
}
Animal research has shown that reinforcement is substantially less effective when it is delayed, but in studies of human motor learning delays in providing feedback typically have much less effect. One possible explanation is that in human research participants know the response to be learned and can thus focus on it during the delay; that is not the case in experiments on animals. We tested this hypothesis using a task in which participants had minimal information on what movement was correct… CONTINUE READING

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