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SSCC TD: A serial and simultaneous configural-cue compound stimuli representation for temporal difference learning

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Domhnall Jennings



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This paper presents a novel representational framework for the Temporal Difference(TD) model of learning, which allows the computation of configural stimuli – cumulativecompounds of stimuli that generate perceptual emergents known as configural cues. ThisSimultaneous and Serial Configural-cue Compound Stimuli Temporal Difference model (SSCCTD) can model both simultaneous and serial stimulus compounds, as well as compounds includingthe experimental context. This modification significantly broadens the range of phenomena whichthe TD paradigm can explain, and allows it to predict phenomena which traditional TD solutionscannot, particularly effects that depend on compound stimuli functioning as a whole, such as patternlearning and serial structural discriminations, and context-related effects.

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Author(s): Mondragón E, Gray J, Alonso E, Bonardi C, Jennings DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: PLOS One

Year: 2014

Volume: 9

Issue: 7

Online publication date: 23/07/2014

Acceptance date: 18/06/2014

Date deposited: 24/07/2014

ISSN (electronic): 1932-6203

Publisher: Public Library of Science


DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102469


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