What is Cognitive Science

Is the number of trials a learning relevant parameter?

Daniel Gottlieb

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University-Center for Cognitive Science, Dept. of Psychology

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Within the associationist framework, the number of learning trials isuniversally considered a primary determinant of conditioned responding.Evidence for this is typically provided by the stereotyped learning curve,which depicts the growth of responding over trials. However, recentchallenges from within the information processing framework have calledthis assumption into question, and recent research suggests that, contraryto common wisdom, number of trials is not a learning relevant parameter.

Daniel Gottlieb


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

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