ERIC Number: EJ755867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Theories of Artificial Grammar Learning
Pothos, Emmanuel M.
Psychological Bulletin, v133 n2 p227-244 Mar 2007
Artificial grammar learning (AGL) is one of the most commonly used paradigms for the study of implicit learning and the contrast between rules, similarity, and associative learning. Despite five decades of extensive research, however, a satisfactory theoretical consensus has not been forthcoming. Theoretical accounts of AGL are reviewed, together with relevant human experimental and neuroscience data. The author concludes that satisfactory understanding of AGL requires (a) an understanding of implicit knowledge as knowledge that is not consciously activated at the time of a cognitive operation; this could be because the corresponding representations are impoverished or they cannot be concurrently supported in working memory with other representations or operations, and (b) adopting a frequency-independent view of rule knowledge and contrasting rule knowledge with specific similarity and associative learning (co-occurrence) knowledge.
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Associative Learning, Cognitive Processes, Models, Epistemology, Theories, Cognitive Psychology, Grammar, Language Acquisition
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