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Implicit Learning of Spatial Sequences

Green, Christopher D. and Munro, Ellen (1995) Implicit Learning of Spatial Sequences. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Implicit learning for verbal strings generated by a finite state machine (FSM) has been demonstrated repeatedly. No one, however, has investigated whether such learning can take place when the information to be learned is spatial in nature. In this study, subjects learned sequences of FSM-generated spatial information displayed on a 3´3 grid. They were able to learn these sequences faster than subjects similarly set to learn random spatial sequences. As is typical in implicit learning studies, although the subjects in the experimental group were unable to articulate the rules governing the sequences, they were nevertheless able to distinguish new grammatical strings from random ones at a rate far above chance.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:implicit learning, spatial cognition, grammar, syntax
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Linguistics > Syntax
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:1891
Deposited By:Green, Christopher D.
Deposited On:18 Nov 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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