Verbal Behavior and Learning: Problems and Processes: Proceedings

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MEDIATED ASSOCIATIONS: PARADIGMS AND SITUATIONS

James J. Jenkins UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The concern with mediate associations and mediation processes generally is ancient (as these things go in psychology), dating back at least to the British associationist philosophers. Research in the area has lagged far behind, of course, and is largely concentrated in the last twenty-five years. Even within this period it is easy to plot a rapidly accelerating curve of research endeavors and theoretical papers devoted to mediation, illustrating a growing concern with mediation phenomena and the adaptation of experimental tools, some new and some old, to the task of understanding the processes. This literature has been reviewed elsewhere (e.g., Jenkins, 1959; Kjeldergaard and Horton, 1960; Goss, 1961a, 1961b), and it is not my purpose to recapitulate it here.

The endeavor of this paper is to review some experimentation with which I have been closely involved, to illustrate ways in which the emphasis of our attack on mediation problems has shifted, and to propose a view of mediation which, I believe, suggests important directions for future research.


A FEW WORDS OF ORIENTATION

In our concern with research in mediation, I believe all of us have been attempting to demonstrate two major propositions: First (aimed at our doubting colleagues), mediation effects really can be found, and second (aimed at each other), mediation is "properly" inferred by X

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This paper was written with the support of the National Science Foundation under the grant, "The Role of Associative Models in Varied Symbolic Behaviors." Most of the Minnesota work discussed herein was supported either by the National Science Foundation under the current grant or by the Office of Naval Research which generously supported the Minnesota research program in verbal behavior from 1951 to 1957.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction and Summary 1
  • Chapter 2 - An Analysis of The Recognition Process 10
  • Comments on Professor Murdock's Paper 21
  • Chapter 3 - Stimulus Selection In Verbal Learning 33
  • References 48
  • References 48
  • References 67
  • Chapter 4 - Meaningfulness and Familiarity 76
  • Comments on Professor Noble's Paper 115
  • References 151
  • Chapter 5 - The Acquisition of Syntax 158
  • References 194
  • References 197
  • References 201
  • Chapter 6 - Mediated Associations: Paradigms and Situations 210
  • References 240
  • Comments on Professor Jenkins's Paper 242
  • References 245
  • References 252
  • Chapter 7 - Purpose and the Problem Of Associative Selectivity 258
  • References 289
  • Chapter 8 - One-Trial Learning 295
  • References 319
  • Comments on Professor Postman's Paper 320
  • References 328
  • Brief Notes on the Epam Theory Of Verbal Learning 332
  • References 333
  • Chapter 9 - Immediate Memory: Data and Theory 336
  • Comments on Professor Peterson's Paper 351
  • References 353
  • Chapter 10 - Summary and Evaluation 374
  • Index 383
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