Syntactic transfer in artificial grammar learning

Beesley, T. and Wills, A.J. and le Pelley, M.E. (2010) Syntactic transfer in artificial grammar learning. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17 (1). pp. 122-128. ISSN 1069-9384

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Abstract

In an artificial grammar learning (AGL) experiment, participants were trained with instances of one grammatical structure before completing a test phase in which they were required to discriminate grammatical from randomly created strings. Importantly, the underlying structure used to generate test strings was different from that used to generate the training strings. Despite the fact that grammatical training strings were more similar to nongrammatical test strings than they were to grammatical test strings, this manipulation resulted in a positive transfer effect, as compared with controls trained with nongrammatical strings. It is suggested that training with grammatical strings leads to an appreciation of set variance that aids the detection of grammatical test strings in AGL tasks. The analysis presented demonstrates that it is useful to conceptualize test performance in AGL as a form of unsupervised category learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
Additional Information: cited By 3
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 88048
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/88048

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