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Concept learning, Learning, Psychology of


The fact that some subjects learn both relevant dimensions in a relevant redundant cue concept identification problem has been offered in sudport of the use of a multiple look strategy by subjects. The present study shows that subjects are «o3 i > assarily using a multiple look strategy but rather may be using a one-look strategy to solve the problem. This was shown by asking one group of subjects to stop responding and state their solution to the problem when they felt that they had solved the problem. They then continued responding until they hac completed a fairly large number of consecutive correct responses. At this point they were again quizzed on their solution. A total of 46 subjects were run in this group and of this number, 19 were identified as two cue learners at the end of the criterion run. Of these 19 two cue learners only 5 had learned about the two relevant cues at the solution trial. These results were compared with a group of subjects who solved the problem without being stopped. Of the H6 subjects run in this group 18 were classified as two cue learners at the end of the criterion run. The results are discussed in terms of supporting a one-look interpretation of concept identification learning.