Biased feedback in spatial recall yields a violation of delta rule learning

Lipinski, John, Spencer, John P ORCID: and Samuelson, Larissa K ORCID: (2010) Biased feedback in spatial recall yields a violation of delta rule learning. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17 (4). pp. 581-588. ISSN 1069-9384

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This study investigates whether inductive processes influencing spatial memory performance generalize to supervised learning scenarios with differential feedback. After providing a location memory response in a spatial recall task, participants received visual feedback showing the target location. In critical blocks, feedback was systematically biased either 4 degrees toward the vertical axis (toward condition) or 4 degrees farther away from the vertical axis (away condition). Results showed that the weaker teaching signal (i.e., a smaller difference between the remembered location and the feedback location) produced a stronger experience-dependent change over blocks in the away condition than in the toward condition. This violates delta rule learning. Subsequent simulations of the dynamic field theory of spatial cognition provide a theoretically unified account of these results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: association learning,attention,color perception,discrimination learning,feedback (psychological),female,generalization (psychology),humans,inhibition (psychology),male,mental recall,orientation,pattern recognition (visual),psychological theory,psychomotor performance,psychophysics,retention (psychology),space perception
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:01
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:25
DOI: 10.3758/PBR.17.4.581

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