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Categorization of Autocorrelated Sequences


Michaël Dubois,

Université Catholique de Louvain, BE
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Guy Lories

Department of Psychology, Université catholique de Louvain, Place du Cardinal Mercier 10, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, BE
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Numerous studies show that human subjects can extract the structure of a set of sequences of discrete stimuli. The dynamic control tasks used by Berry and Broadbent (1984), on the other hand, contain a continuous aspect. Following Lories, Dubois, Gaussin (1997) the present experiment shows that subjects can perceive and reproduce some statistical aspects of the structure of simple continuous time series. Our subjects leant to discriminate positively and negatively autocorrelatcd data series and transfer this ability to new series. Typicality and variability effects are found that are compatible with a standard categorization capability.

How to Cite: Dubois, M. and Lories, G., 1997. Categorization of Autocorrelated Sequences. Psychologica Belgica, 37(1-2), pp.131–140. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1997.
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