The papers published in this Special Issue of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Section B, are based upon presentations at a workshop on "Associative Learning and Representation" which was sponsored by the Experimental Psychology Society at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The Workshop celebrated the contribution of Professor Nicholas Mackintosh to animal learning and conditioning in particular and experimental psychology in general in the year of his retirement from the Chair of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. The papers collected here focus on issues that are of relevance to learning in both humans and other animals, being particularly concerned with the nature of representation and how representations are developed and deployed. The topics addressed included stimulus representation and perceptual learning, discrimination learning, learned irrelevance, retrospective revaluation, discriminative control, and spatial learning.
A. Dickinson, I.P.L. McLaren, Associative Learning and Representation: Introduction. A.R. Wagner, Context Sensitive Elemental Theory. M. Suret, I.P.L. McLaren, Representation and Discrimination on an Artificial Dimension. G. Hall, Learned Changes in the Sensitivity of Stimulus Representations: Associative and Nonassociative Mechanisms. D.M. Dwyer, Learning about Cues in Their Absence: Evidence from Flavour Preferences and Aversions. M.E. Le Pelley, I.P.L. McLaren, Learned Associability and Associative Change in Human Causal Learning. C. Bonardi, S.Y. Ong, Learned Irrelevance: A Contemporary Overview. A.G. Baker, R.A. Murphy, R. Mehta, Learned Irrelevance and Retrospective Correlation Learning. V.D. Chamizo, Acquisition of Knowledge about Spatial Location: An Assessment of Whether it Shares the Same Mechanisms as Those Deployed in Learning about Other Relations between Events. J.M. Pearce, A. McGregor, M.A. Good, A. Hayward, Absence of Overshadowing and Blocking between Landmarks and the Geometric Cues Provided by the Shape of a Test Arena. A. Dickinson, S. de Wit, The Interaction between Discriminative Stimuli and Outcomes during Instrumental Learning. C.A. Forestell, V.M. LoLordo, Palatability Shifts in Taste and Flavour Preference Conditioning.