Automatic (spontaneous) propositional and associative learning of first impressions

James S. Uleman

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Contrary to the target article's claims, social cognition research shows considerable learning (about other people) that is relatively automatic. Some of this learning is propositional (spontaneous trait inferences) and some is associative (spontaneous trait transference). Other dichotomies - for example, between learning explicit and implicit attitudes - are also important. However conceived, human conditioning is not synonymous with human learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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