Statistics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2002

Publication Source

Psychological Review

Volume

100

Issue

3

Start Page

533

Last Page

544

DOI

10.1037//0033-295X.109.3.533

Abstract

C. R. Gallistel and J. Gibbon (2000) presented quantitative data on the speed with which animals acquire behavioral responses during autoshaping, together with a statistical model of learning intended to account for them. Although this model captures the form of the dependencies among critical variables, its detailed predictions are substantially at variance with the data. In the present article, further key data on the speed of acquisition are used to motivate an alternative model of learning, in which animals can be interpreted as paying different amounts of attention to stimuli according to estimates of their differential reliabilities as predictors.

Comments

At the time of publication, author Sham Kakade was affiliated with the University College London. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Statistics Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.