ERIC Number: EJ1018061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Contingency Awareness in Single-Cue Human Eyeblink Conditioning
Weidemann, Gabrielle; Best, Erin; Lee, Jessica C; Lovibond, Peter F.
Learning & Memory, v20 n7 p363-366 Jul 2013
Single-cue delay eyeblink conditioning is presented as a prototypical example of automatic, nonsymbolic learning that is carried out by subcortical circuits. However, it has been difficult to assess the role of cognition in single-cue conditioning because participants become aware of the simple stimulus contingency so quickly. In this experiment ("n" = 166), we masked the contingency to reduce awareness. We observed a strong relationship between contingency awareness and conditioned responding, with both trace and delay procedures. This finding suggests that explicit associative knowledge and anticipatory behavior are regulated by a coordinated system rather than by functionally and neurally distinct systems.
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Conditioning, Learning, Contingency Management, Behavior
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