Acquisition and Extinction in Autoshaping
Sham Kakade   &   Peter Dayan
Psychological Review, 109, 533-544.
Gallistel and Gibbon (2000) presented quantitative data on the speed
with which animals acquire behavioral responses during autoshaping,
together with a statistical model of learning to account for them.
Although this model captures the form of the dependencies amongst
critical variables, its detailed predictions are substantially at
variance with the data. In the present article, further key data on
the speed of acquisition are used to motivate an alternative model
of learning, in which animals can be interpreted as paying different
amounts of attention to stimuli according to estimates of their
differential reliabilities as predictors.