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ERIC Number: EJ908313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Over-Selectivity as a Learned Response
Reed, Phil; Petrina, Neysa; McHugh, Louise
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n1 p201-206 Jan-Feb 2011
An experiment investigated the effects of different levels of task complexity in pre-training on over-selectivity in a subsequent match-to-sample (MTS) task. Twenty human participants were divided into two groups; exposed either to a 3-element, or a 9-element, compound stimulus as a sample during MTS training. After the completion of training, both groups were tested on an MTS task using a novel 6-element compound sample stimulus. The level of over-selectivity at test was influenced by the training. Specifically, the group exposed to a more complex (9-element) training task displayed higher levels of over-selectivity at test than the group with a less complex training task. The results suggest that over-selectivity may be a learned response to complex situations, and are discussed with respect to theories and treatments for over-selectivity. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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