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A note on DeCaro, Thomas, and Beilock (2008): Further data demonstrate complexities in the assessment of information–integration category learning

A note on DeCaro, Thomas, and Beilock (2008): Further data demonstrate complexities in the assessment of information–integration category learning

Tharp, Ian J. and Pickering, Alan D. (2009) A note on DeCaro, Thomas, and Beilock (2008): Further data demonstrate complexities in the assessment of information–integration category learning. Cognition, 111 (3). pp. 410-414. ISSN 0010-0277 (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2008.10.003)

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Abstract

DeCaro et al. [DeCaro, M. S., Thomas, R. D., & Beilock, S. L. (2008). Individual differences in category learning: Sometimes less working memory capacity is better than more. Cognition, 107(1), 284–294] explored how individual differences in working memory capacity differentially mediate the learning of distinct category structures. Specifically, their results showed that greater working memory capacity facilitates the learning of novel category structures that are verbalisable and discoverable through logical reasoning processes. Conversely, however, greater working memory was shown to impede the learning of novel category structures thought to be non-verbalisable, inaccessible to conscious reasoning and discoverable only through implicit (procedural) learning of appropriate stimulus-category responses. The present paper calls into question the specific nature of the category learning tasks used, in particular their ability to discriminate between different modes of category learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published in Cognition, Volume 111, Issue 3, June 2009.
Uncontrolled Keywords: category learning, dissociable systems, implicit learning, procedural learning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6721

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