Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 309–314 | Cite as

Physiological learning theory

  • D. O. Hebb


Attention or “concentration” requires control of activity in those excess neurons that are not necessary for the present task. The control is probably not a massive inhibitory suppression but may be a recruiting process, a function of complex perceptual and associative learning that begins with early experience. Inhibition, however, may still be of crucial importance as a sharpener of associative mechanisms, and the child with minimal brain damage may have suffered a selective loss of inhibitory neurons.


Early Experience Brain Damage Learning Theory Crucial Importance Associative Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. O. Hebb
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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