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ERIC Number: EJ781378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 23
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Learning Non-Local Dependencies
Kuhn, Gustav; Dienes, Zoltan
Cognition, v106 n1 p184-206 Jan 2008
This paper addresses the nature of the temporary storage buffer used in implicit or statistical learning. Kuhn and Dienes [Kuhn, G., & Dienes, Z. (2005). Implicit learning of nonlocal musical rules: implicitly learning more than chunks. "Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition," 31(6) 1417-1432] showed that people could implicitly learn a musical rule that was solely based on non-local dependencies. These results seriously challenge models of implicit learning that assume knowledge merely takes the form of linking adjacent elements (chunking). We compare two models that use a buffer to allow learning of long distance dependencies, the Simple Recurrent Network (SRN) and the memory buffer model. We argue that these models--as models of the mind--should not be evaluated simply by fitting them to human data but by determining the characteristic behaviour of each model. Simulations showed for the first time that the SRN "could" rapidly learn non-local dependencies. However, the "characteristic" performance of the memory buffer model rather than SRN more closely matched how people came to like different musical structures. We conclude that the SRN is more powerful than previous demonstrations have shown, but it's flexible learned buffer does not explain people's implicit learning (at least, the affective learning of musical structures) as well as fixed memory buffer models do.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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