ERIC Number: ED501258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-30
Reviewing the Comparator Hypothesis: A Distinctive Process of Performance
Reviewing the Comparator Hypothesis is an article review that explores the historical concepts in research that led to exploring performance as a distinctive process of learning. British empiricist philosophers were interested in thoughts not behavior which led traditional learning theorist's main focus on acquisition processes. However, the performance model of learning assumes episodic and latent memory. The comparator hypothesis makes three major assumptions in attempting to solve problems in Rescorla's (1968) contingency theory. Failure of acquisition and/or retention can be explained by the comparator hypothesis as an insufficiency in performance in comparator processes that occur within an experiment. The comparator hypothesis indicated three specific assumptions unaccounted for in Rescorla's contingency theory then researchers attempted to resolve the missing elements. As a result, differences between learning and behaviors have been defined over time by researchers indicating a distinctive process of performance. Basically, this is the divergence between learning theorist and behaviorists.
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