What's reason got to do with it? Affect as the foundation of learning
Originally published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, v.32 no.2 (2009), pp. 201-202. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X09000892.
Open peer commentary response to "The propositional nature of human associative learning," (Chris J. Mitchell, Jan De Houwer and Peter F. Lovibond), Behavioral and Brain Sciences, v.32 no.2 (2009), pp.183-198.
We propose that learning has a top-down component, but not in the propositional terms described by Mitchell et al. Specifically, we propose that a host of learning processes, including associative learning, serve to imbue the representation of the conditioned stimulus (CS) with affective meaning.
Eliza Bliss-Moreau and Lisa Feldman Barrett. "What's reason got to do with it? Affect as the foundation of learning" Psychology Faculty Publications (2009).
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