Title

Acquired pleasantness and paired-associate learning in mixed and homogeneous lists

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-1-1972

Abstract

Conducted 4 experiments with 240 male undergraduates in which nonsense syllables 1st acquired differing degrees of pleasantness (PL) by being paired with either pleasant (P) or indifferent (I) pictures and were then learned as responses in paired-associate lists that were either homogeneous or mixed in PL. Performance with P-paired syllables was superior to that with I-paired syllables in homogeneous lists only when affective contrast was used during the syllable-picture pairing. With mixed lists, performance with P-paired syllables was superior both with and without prior affective contrast. The advantage of the P-paired syllables in mixed lists was found mainly in response learning, while that advantage in homogeneous lists was found mainly in association learning and was of a lesser magnitude. (18 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1972 American Psychological Association.

Publication Title

Journal of Experimental Psychology

Volume

93

Issue

1

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