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ERIC Number: EJ878536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
The Ubiquitous Nature of the Hebb Repetition Effect: Error Learning Mistaken for the Absence of Sequence Learning
Lafond, Daniel; Tremblay, Sebastien; Parmentier, Fabrice
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v36 n2 p515-522 Mar 2010
Sequence learning is essential in cognition and underpins activities such as language and skill acquisition. One classical demonstration of sequence learning is that of the Hebb repetition effect, whereby serial recall improves over repetitions on a repeated list relative to random lists. When addressing the question of which mechanism underlies the effect, the traditional approach is to prevent the action of processes thought to be responsible for sequence learning: If the typical Hebb repetition effect is reduced, these processes are key to the effect, researchers claim. By reanalyzing the data of F. B. R. Parmentier, M. T. Maybery, M. Huitson, and D. M. Jones (2008)--who reported no Hebb effect for sequences of auditory-spatial stimuli--we revealed that error learning can be mistaken for the absence of sequence learning. Indeed, incorrect responses are reproduced increasingly over repetitions. Our findings suggest that the Hebb repetition effect can be associated with response learning as well as stimulus processing. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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