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Causal Learning With Delays Up To 21 Hours

Zhang, Yiwen (2022) Causal Learning With Delays Up To 21 Hours. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Considerable delays between causes and effects are commonly found in real life. However, previous studies have only investigated how well people can learn probabilistic relations with delays on the order of seconds. In the current study we tested whether people can learn a cause-effect relation with delays of 0, 3, 9, or 21 hours, and the study lasted 16 days. Surprisingly, we found that participants were able to learn the causal relation about equally as well in all four conditions. These findings demonstrate a remarkable ability to accurately learn causal relations in a realistic timeframe.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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Committee ChairRottman, Benjamin
Committee MemberCoutanche,
Committee MemberFraundorf,
Date: 24 February 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 September 2021
Approval Date: 24 February 2022
Submission Date: 8 November 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 44
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: delay, causal learning, ecological momentary experiments
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 15:29
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 15:29


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