All-or-None Learning and the Role of Repetition in Paired-Associate Learning

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Science  19 Apr 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3564, pp. 310-312
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3564.310


The learning of a list of stimulus-response items is a two-stage process involving response learning and association. It is assumed that both stages are learned in an all-or-none fashion. Subjects were trained to learn a list of paired-associate items with Rock's substitution procedure. Their performance could be predicted from the all-or-none theory with parameter estimates based upon the performance of a different group of subjects who learned the same items under normal conditions.