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ERIC Number: ED115365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Pages: 12
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Relationship between Human Temporal Behavior and Discrimination-Reversal Learning.
Montare, Alberto
This study is an exploratory attempt to test the idea that individual differences in the rate of acquisition of an original discrimination learning are related to individual differences in the capacity to estimate the passage of time. Included is a review of the literature on the psychology of time which indicates that underestimation of time is associated with predominance of excitatory processes and overestimation time is associated with inhibitory processes. A discrimination learning problem was administered to 91 male college students to test the hypotheses that time estimation is positively related to the number of trials required to reach (1) the original discrimination learning criterion, (2) the reversal learning criterion, and (3) the total discrimination-shift criterion. Results support two of these hypotheses and the theoretical analysis of the relation between time estimation and discrimination learning. It was concluded that the rate at which a discrimination is learned is a function of the amount of excitatory predominance as measured by the time estimation task, and that a fundamental process which occurs during discrimination learning is the rate at which excitatory processes come to be conditioned to a predominance over inhibitory processes. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (80th, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 1972)