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Modeling the behavioral substrates of associate learning and memory: adaptive neural models

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1 Author(s)
Lee, C.-C. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA

Three adaptive single-neuron models based on neural analogies of behavior modification episodes are proposed, which attempt to bridge the gap between psychology and neurophysiology. The proposed models capture the predictive nature of Pavlovian conditioning, which is essential to the theory of adaptive/learning systems. The models learn to anticipate the occurrence of a conditioned response before the presence of a reinforcing stimulus when training is complete. Furthermore, each model can find the most nonredundant and earliest predictor of reinforcement. The behavior of the models accounts for several aspects of basic animal learning phenomena in Pavlovian conditioning beyond previous related models. Computer simulations show how well the models fit empirical data from various animal learning paradigms

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 3 )