BINARY PREDICTION BEHAVIOR WHEN THE GENERATING SOURCE RESEMBLES A LANGUAGE.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Complex learning behavior was investigated in a highly structured binary choice situation. The language-like generating source produced an event sequence which was completely defined by 17 different rules. Two of these rules were stochastic. Interest was focused on the learning process and the presence or absence of artificial memory. Results demonstrated the importance of artificial memory, not so much in the kind of learning that occurred but in the rate, amount and completeness of the learning process. Ss who learned one rule well generally learned them all well, including the stochastic rules. There was no evidence that the learning process was strongly influenced by the hierarchical structure of the source. Instead, learning was contingent upon the emergent structure of the event sequence. Author