An investigation of the relationship between personality and performance on a probability learning task (1963)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Considerable experimentation and theorizing has been directed towards explaining personality and psychological abnormality aa a consequence of learned mechanisms. Conditioned response theories of the neuroses have been especially influential, and aberrant behaviour patterns (experimental neuroses) have been induced in animals by a variety of techniques. Marked individual differences in response to conditioning are typically observed, and theories have been advanced to account for this. The present study involves a probability learning task, having analogies with conditioning, but using neither aversive stimuli nor material rewards and requiring only verbal responses from the subject. Three groups of subjects carried out the task; two groups of neurotics, considered to differ in degree of extraversion-introversion (following Eysenck' system) and a group of normal controls. Differences between groups on the experimental task were found to be significant and in the order predicted by extending Eysenck’s hypothesis to probability learning.
KeywordsLearning, Psychology of; Personality; Personality and probability learning
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