Psychology of Learning and Motivation publishes empirical and theoretical contributions in cognitive and experimental psychology, ranging from classical and instrumental conditioning to complex learning and problem solving. Each chapter thoughtfully integrates the writings of leading contributors, who present and discuss significant bodies of research relevant to their discipline. Volume 59 includes chapters on such varied topics as pupillometric studies of face memory, self-organization of human interaction, and the role of relational competition in the comprehension of modifier-noun phrases and noun-noun compounds.

Key Features

  • Volume 59 of the highly regarded Psychology of Learning and Motivation series
  • An essential reference for researchers and academics in cognitive science
  • Relevant to both applied concerns and basic research


Researchers and students in cognitive psychology

Table of Contents

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Chapter One. Toward a Unified Theory of Reasoning

1 Introduction

2 What is Reasoning?

3 Models of Possibilities

4 Icons and Symbols

5 The Principle of Truth

6 Models as Counterexamples

7 Modulation and the Use of Knowledge

8 Induction and Abduction

9 Probabilities: Extensional and Intensional

10 Mental Simulations and Informal Programs

11 Toward a Unified Theory

12 Conclusions


Chapter Two. The Self-Organization of Human Interaction

1 Introduction: The “Centipede’s Dilemma” of Interaction Research

2 An Example Theoretical Debate and the Need for Integration

3 Self-organization and Human Interaction

4 Cognitive Dynamics under Social Constraints

5 Coordination, Complementarity, and Interactive Performance

6 Conclusion: Time for More Models


Chapter Three. Conceptual Composition: The Role of Relational Competition in the Comprehension of Modifier-Noun Phrases and Noun–Noun Compounds

1 Introduction

2 Modifier-Noun Phrases and Compounds as Expressions of Combined Concepts

3 Theoretical Framework: A Three-Stage Theory of Conceptual Combination

4 Evidence of the Modifier’s Role in Relation Suggestion

5 The Nature of Relations and the Nature of Relational Competition

6 The Role of Relation Competition in the Processing of Compounds that Lack an Underlying Relation

7 Evaluation of Relational Interpretations

8 Elaboration of Combined Concepts Following Relation Selection

9 Summary

10 Concluding Remarks


Chapter Four. List-Method Directed Forgetting in Cognitive and Clinical Research: A Theoretical and Methodological Review

1 Introduction

2 List-Method DF: Design and Measurement

3 O


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