Robert A. Rescorla, Anthony Dickinson, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Steve E. Petersen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This part presents four chapters on the concept of learning. The first chapter argues that learning is a pre-theoretical, possibly even a pre-scientific, concept. The second discusses three concepts that are central to more than one theory: associative strength, associability, and prediction error. The third focuses on challenges in linking the primary, behavioral indication of learning with cellular and systems neurobiological approaches to learning mechanisms. The fourth chapter presents a synthesis of the chatpers in this part.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScience of Memory
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865321
ISBN (Print)9780195310443
StatePublished - May 10 2007


  • Associability
  • Associative strength
  • Learning mechanisms
  • Pre-scientific
  • Prediction error
  • Pretheoretical concept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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