Theory and Data: The Lost Connection?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 100–102. Reviews the book, The Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Advances in Research and Theory, Vol. 11 by Gordon H. Bower (see record 1979-12423-000). Like most of its predecessors in this respected series, the present volume emphasizes human, memory. The five chapters on memory focus on long-term memory, with only one paper explicitly concerned with short-term memory. Also, in conformity with the diversity in previous volumes, there is a paper on Pavlovian conditioning and a paper on preattentive perceptual processes. In a broad-ranging discussion that includes such diverse topics as individual differences and the language of governmental regulations, Fillenbaum proffers the thesis that how people interpret the logical connectives and if depends both on the content of the clauses they connect and on their conversational context. In a charmingly written and sometimes provocative paper, Logan borrows heavily from other theories in developing what he calls a hybrid theory of Pavlovian conditioning. But the concepts he borrows often lose a lot in the translation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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