A model of pavlovian conditioning

Variations in representations of the unconditional stimulus

William J Jacobs, James R. Blackburn

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Abstract

We present a model of Pavlovian excitatory conditioning in which associative strength and malleable central representations of unconditional stimuli determine the strength of conditional responding. Presentation of a conditioned stimulus acts through an experientially determined associative bond to activate a representation of the unconditional stimulus. The activation of the representation produces a conditioned response. A striking feature of the model is its ability to describe changes in conditioned response magnitude in terms of alterations of representations of the unconditional stimulus. Another is its acknowledgement of the capacity of associative bonds to survive behavioral extinction. The model describes much of the data reported from excitatory conditioning experiments and predicts counterintuitive phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-33
Number of pages22
JournalIntegrative Physiological and Behavioral Science
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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A model of pavlovian conditioning : Variations in representations of the unconditional stimulus. / Jacobs, William J; Blackburn, James R.

In: Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, Vol. 30, No. 1, 01.1995, p. 12-33.

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