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The Probabilistic Mind:Prospects for Bayesian cognitive science$
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Nick Chater and Mike Oaksford

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216093.001.0001

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Causal learning in rats and humans:

Causal learning in rats and humans:

A minimal rational model

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(p.453) Chapter 20 Causal learning in rats and humans
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The Probabilistic Mind:
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Michael R. Waldmann

Patricia W. Cheng

York Hagmayer

Aaron P. Blaisdell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216093.003.0020

The authors bring together human and animal studies, with a particular focus on causal learning. Whereas the traditional associative approach to learning views learning contingencies as basic, and the learning of causality (if it is considered at all) to be secondary, they take the goal of the agent to infer the ‘causal powers’ of aspects of the world. Contingencies are primarily of interest to the degree that they provide evidence for such causal relationships. The degree to which the same rational model may be applied to learning, from rat to human, puts a new complexion on the behaviourist's project of building general principles of learning across species.

Keywords:   human, animal studies, causal learning, causal powers, learning

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