A New Technique for Studying Implicit Relational Learning in Adult Humans : Multiple-Object Tracking Task

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dc.contributor.author McInnerney, John
dc.contributor.author Yuen, Joyce
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-16T13:50:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-16T13:50:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-16T13:50:53Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1255
dc.description Advisor: Olga Lazareva en_US
dc.description.abstract Adult humans readily learn to respond to relations, but it is normally assumed that their ability to verbalize relations plays a critical role. To study relational learning in absence of verbalization, we developed a new technique using a multiple-object tracking task. In this task, participants are told to track four out of eight objects cued at the beginning of the trial. At the end of the trial, a single object is cued, and participants respond whether they tracked it (yes/no task). The display contained two strips of different width but participants were not informed about their presence. The participants were randomly assigned to Informative and Random conditions. In Informative condition, the location of object cued at the end of the trial predicted the correct response. If the answer was "yes", then the cued object was located next to the narrower strip; otherwise, it was located next to the wider strip (or vice versa). In Random condition, the cued object was located next to either strip, so that its location was not predictive of the correct answer. Postexperimental questionnaire showed that participants in Informed condition were not aware of predictive role of object location; nonetheless, they were more accurate than participants in random condition, providing evidence of implicit relational learning in this new experimental paradigm. Our results suggest that ability to verbalize relations may not be essential for demonstrating relational learning. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, Department of Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2010;17
dc.subject Verbal learning en_US
dc.subject Learning ability en_US
dc.subject Object relations (Psychoanalysis) en_US
dc.title A New Technique for Studying Implicit Relational Learning in Adult Humans : Multiple-Object Tracking Task en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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