Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Lubow, R. E. 2010. Latent Inhibition. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Latent inhibition (LI) is demonstrated when a previously exposed, unattended stimulus is less effective in a new learning situation than a novel stimulus. The term “latent inhibition” dates back to Lubow and Moore (1959), who intended to design a classical conditioning analog of latent learning. As such, the LI effect was “latent” in that it was not exhibited in the stimulus pre-exposure phase, but rather in the subsequent test phase. “Inhibition” simply reflected the fact that the effect was manifest as a retardation of learning. Since that first demonstration, there have been hundreds of LI-related experiments. LI is extremely robust, appearing in all mammalian species that have been tested and across many different learning paradigms.
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