A MODEL OF INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ORGANIZATION.
WESTERN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE INST UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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Neurophysiological studies have shown the existence of a variety of feature detectors in sensory branches of the nervous system. Psychopharmacological studies have shown that a variety of stimulants can be used to enhance learning in a way that is best explained by assuming that they act directly upon storage of the memory trace. A model of discrimination is proposed which incorporates the existence of feature detectors and uses them, plus associated postulates, to derive a facilitory effect of stimulant drugs upon memory. The models implications for more complicated memory situations, such as the problems studied in human verbal learning, are also considered. Author