Out of control:An associative account of congruency effects in sequence learning

Beesley, T. and Jones, F.W. and Shanks, D.R. (2012) Out of control:An associative account of congruency effects in sequence learning. Consciousness and Cognition, 21 (1). pp. 413-421. ISSN 1053-8100

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The demonstration of a sequential congruency effect in sequence learning has been offered as evidence for control processes that act to inhibit automatic response tendencies (Jiménez, Lupiáñez, & Vaquero, 2009) via unconscious conflict monitoring. Here we propose an alternative interpretation of this effect based on the associative learning of chains of sequenced contingencies. This account is supported by simulations with a Simple Recurrent Network, an associative (connectionist) model of sequence learning. We argue that the control- and associative-based accounts differ in their predictions concerning the magnitude of the sequential congruency effect across training. These predictions are tested by reanalysing data from a study by Shanks, Wilkinson, and Channon (2003). The results support the associative learning account which explains the sequential congruency effect without appealing to control processes (either conscious or unconscious).

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Consciousness and Cognition
Additional Information: cited By 2
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3204
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 88044
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2017 19:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 10:28
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/88044

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