Title

Acquired pleasantness as a stimulus and a response variable in paired-associate learning

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

3-1-1974

Abstract

Results of 2 experiments with a total of 110 males and 32 females show that nonsense syllables paired with pleasant pictures (P-paired activation were subsequently learned more rapidly than syllables paired with indifferent pictures when they served as responses-but not when they served as stimuli-in paired-associate lists. The bulk do the superiority of P-paired syllables was in response availability, and only a smaller effect was found in association learning. Both Arguments depended upon Ss learning to anticipate responses differing in acquired pleasantness. Superior ratings of pleasantness were given to the P-paired syllables regardless of whether they were learned as stimuli or responses on the list or whether by anticipation training or associative-match training. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1974 American Psychological Association.

Publication Title

Journal of Experimental Psychology

Volume

102

Issue

3

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