Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of the present study was to attempt to further test the hypothesis proposed by Dick, and also to examine the suggestion presented by Underwood. An attempt was made to examine the suggestion proposed by Underwood by comparing the generalization tendency of Ss trained by a method which fits the definitional requirements of paired-associate learning with the generalization tendency of Ss trained by a method which fits the definitional requirements of concept formation. In doing this, it was also felt that a more direct test may be made of Dick's hypothesis. The paired-associate group was considered to be trained on high similarity of concepts, since training was on one stimulus for each response. Thus, the similarity between the stimuli in this group was maximum. The concept formation group was trained on more than one instance of a stimuli for each response. Thus, the similarity between stimuli was less than the 7 maximum similarity in the paired-associate group. The groups in this study are then considered to be similar to Dick's concept formation groups.
Copyright 1960 Ronald H. Combs
Combs, Ronald H., "Generalization of Paired-Associate Learning and Concept Formation" (1960). Master's Theses. 666.