Excitatory and inhibitory learning with absent stimuli.


Journal Article

Three experiments showed that 2 associatively activated stimulus representations may engage in excitatory or inhibitory learning, depending on their temporal relationship. Experiment 1a suggested that simultaneously activated stimulus representations show evidence of inhibitory learning in an acquisition test. Experiment 1b showed similar evidence of inhibition in a summation test. Experiment 2 found that activation of 2 stimulus representations in a serial compound resulted in excitatory learning between the antecedent and the subsequent (forward) and inhibitory learning between the subsequent and the antecedent (backward). The results show the dynamic influence of temporal contiguity on mediated learning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wheeler, DS; Sherwood, A; Holland, PC

Published Date

  • April 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 247 - 255

PubMed ID

  • 18426307

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18426307

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0097-7403

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0097-7403.34.2.247


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States