student profile: Miss Hilary Don


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Thesis work

Thesis title: The role of attention and reasoning in associative learning

Supervisors: Evan LIVESEY , Micah GOLDWATER

Thesis abstract:

Within an associative learning framework, cue competition effects in human contingency learning have often been explained by selective attention processes, which allow the selection of stimuli for further processing. Alternatively, cue competition effects have also been explained as the result of controlled reasoning processes, such that contingency judgements are influenced by propositional knowledge, conscious beliefs and abstract rule use. This research therefore aims to investigate the influence of associative-attentional and propositional processes in human causal and predictive learning paradigms. Experimental tasks are used that require participants to make outcome predictions based on visual stimuli. Currently, this thesis explores how experience with cue-outcome relationships affects learning and contingency judgements in the inverse base rate effect, learned predictiveness effects, blocking and in complex discrimination tasks.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Don, H., Livesey, E. (2017). Effects of outcome and trial frequency on the inverse base-rate effect. Memory and Cognition, 45, 493-507. [More Information]
  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2016). Rule abstraction, model-based choice, and cognitive reflection. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23(5), 1615-1623. [More Information]
  • Don, H., Livesey, E. (2015). Resistance to instructed reversal of the learned predictiveness effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Section A-Human Experimental Psychology, 68(7), 1327-1347. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2015). Connecting rule-abstraction and model-based choice across disparate learning tasks. 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

2017

  • Don, H., Livesey, E. (2017). Effects of outcome and trial frequency on the inverse base-rate effect. Memory and Cognition, 45, 493-507. [More Information]

2016

  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2016). Rule abstraction, model-based choice, and cognitive reflection. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23(5), 1615-1623. [More Information]

2015

  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2015). Connecting rule-abstraction and model-based choice across disparate learning tasks. 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Don, H., Livesey, E. (2015). Resistance to instructed reversal of the learned predictiveness effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Section A-Human Experimental Psychology, 68(7), 1327-1347. [More Information]

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