Novarese, Marco and Lanteri, Alessandro (2007): Individual learning: theory formation, and feedback in a complex task.
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We present an experiment for the study of learning in a complex task which requires both memorisation and the ability to process several pieces of information. The outcome of an action, for which immediate feedback is given, depends on the context (i.e. one of thirty-two sequences of three features) which is know and visible to the subjects. Subjects develop some theories of the experimental world, which result in the stable repetition of some actions in response to certain conditions. These theories are modified after feedback, however mistaken answers are repeated and correct answers abandoned. During the game, theories become more effective (i.e. they afford more correct answers and a higher score), yet the improvements slow down. The theories follow from only a portion of the available information and when they become successful (i.e. towards the end of the experiment) the subjects start refining them to include a larger subset of the information, this causes more stable mistakes.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Centre for Cognitive Economics, Università Amedeo Avogadro|
|Original Title:||Individual learning: theory formation, and feedback in a complex task|
|Keywords:||cognitive economics; complexity; experiments; feedback; learning; theory formation; Heiner|
|Subjects:||A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
|Depositing User:||Marco Novarese|
|Date Deposited:||02. May 2007|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 18:14|
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