Intentional control based on familiarity in artificial grammar learning

Wan, Lulu, Dienes, Zoltán and Fu, Xiaolan (2008) Intentional control based on familiarity in artificial grammar learning. Consciousness and Cognition, 17 (4). pp. 1209-1218. ISSN 1053-8100

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It is commonly held that implicit learning is based largely on familiarity. It is also commonly held that familiarity is not affected by intentions. It follows that people should not be able to use familiarity to distinguish strings front two different implicitly learned grammars. In two experiments, subjects were trained on two grammars and then asked to endorse strings from only one of the grammars. Subjects also rated how familiar each string felt and reported whether or not they used familiarity to make their grammatically judgment. We found subjects Could endorse the strings of just One grammar and ignore the strings from the other. Importantly, when subjects said they were using familiarity, the rated familiarity for test strings consistent with their chosen grammar was greater than that for strings from the other grammar. Familiarity, subjectively defined, is sensitive to intentions and can play a key role in strategic control. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Zoltan Dienes
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:38
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 11:40
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