Procedural learning during declarative control

TitleProcedural learning during declarative control
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCrossley, M. J., & F Ashby G.
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition
Date Published2015 Sep
KeywordsAnalysis of Variance, Cognition, Female, Humans, Learning, Male, Memory, Models, Psychological, Orientation, Photic Stimulation, Time Factors, Transfer (Psychology)

There is now abundant evidence that human learning and memory are governed by multiple systems. As a result, research is now turning to the next question of how these putative systems interact. For instance, how is overall control of behavior coordinated, and does learning occur independently within systems regardless of what system is in control? Behavioral, neuroimaging, and neuroscience data are somewhat mixed with respect to these questions. Human neuroimaging and animal lesion studies suggest independent learning and are mostly agnostic with respect to control. Human behavioral studies suggest active inhibition of behavioral output but have little to say regarding learning. The results of two perceptual category-learning experiments are described that strongly suggest that procedural learning does occur while the explicit system is in control of behavior and that this learning might be just as good as if the procedural system was controlling the response. These results are consistent with the idea that declarative memory systems inhibit the ability of the procedural system to access motor output systems but do not prevent procedural learning.

Alternate JournalJ Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn
PubMed ID25751131