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Evaluative Conditioning is Insensitive to Blocking

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Tom Beckers ,

Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, NL
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Pascale de Vicq,

Department of Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Frank Baeyens

Department of Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Abstract

Evaluative conditioning has been claimed to have a number of functional characteristics that set it apart from other forms of associative learning in humans, such as insensitivity to extinction and contingency, independence of contingency awareness, and insensitivity to modulation. Despite its potential theoretical importance, until now few data are available concerning the susceptibility of evaluative conditioning to cue competition effects such as blocking. In the present study, we assessed the susceptibility of acquired preferences and evaluations to blocking in a candy game. Results suggest that evaluative conditioning is not susceptible to blocking. We discuss this observation in the light of theoretical accounts of evaluative conditioning and associative learning in humans.
How to Cite: Beckers, T., de Vicq, P. & Baeyens, F., (2009). Evaluative Conditioning is Insensitive to Blocking. Psychologica Belgica. 49(1), pp.41–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-49-1-41
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Published on 01 Jan 2009.
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