An Attempt to Obtain Replicate Learning Curves.
EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE PRINCETON N J
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Investigators of split brain learning have reported that the two halves function in a nearly identical manner, giving excellent controlled replication of a learning problem. Such a situation furnishes an excellent opportunity for studying and learning curves and the parameters of learning curves to differentiate random error from a systematic discrepancy between learning data and learning theory. Experiments were carried out with cats trained in a tactile discrimination apparatus, sometimes being forced to use the left paw, and sometimes the right paw. Various tactile discriminations were required, one pedal being reinforced by food and the other sounded a buzzer. The data were analyzed in terms of parameters of a particular learning model and also in terms of the conventional measures of total trials, total correct responses and total errors to criterion. Modified author abstract