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Computational Models of Classical Conditioning guest editors’ introduction

Alonso, E. & Schmajuk, N. (2012). Computational Models of Classical Conditioning guest editors’ introduction. Learning and Behavior, 40(3), pp. 231-240. doi: 10.3758/s13420-012-0081-7


In the present special issue, the performance of current computational models of classical conditioning was evaluated under three requirements: (1) Models were to be tested against a list of previously agreed-upon phenomena; (2) the parameters were fixed across simulations; and (3) the simulations used to test the models had to be made available. These requirements resulted in three major products: (a) a list of fundamental classical-conditioning results for which there is a consensus about their reliability; (b) the necessary information to evaluate each of the models on the basis of its ordinal successes in accounting for the experimental data; and (c) a repository of computational models ready to generate simulations. We believe that the contents of this issue represent the 2012 state of the art in computational modeling of classical conditioning and provide a way to find promising avenues for future model development.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Associative learning, Classical conditioning
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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