Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Impaired Verbal Associative Learning

  • Michael Martin Saling
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1694



Impaired verbal associative learning is a compound term referring to disturbances in a learning process whereby conjunctions are formed between co-occurring linguistic entities, ranging from the phonemic, through lexical, to propositional levels of language. An impairment is disturbance that is attributable to disease or injury in an organ system, in this context the brain. Verbal association falls under the general class of  associative learningprocesses that involve the formation of conjunctions between percepts, behaviors, and concepts. At its simplest level, association approximates the idea of perceptual binding, in which fundamental sensory and perceptual attributes of an object are linked to form a unified representation. At a more complex level, preestablished representations such as words, objects, concepts, propositions, personally experienced events, and dimensions such as time...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia