Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Implicit Sequence Learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_515



Implicit learning refers to a form of learning in which people become sensitive to regularities in the environment without intention and awareness. The core characteristics are the incidental nature of the acquisition process, the lack of intention to learn, and the difficulty of expressing resultant knowledge. The term “implicit learning” was introduced by Reber (1967) in a seminal paper on artificial grammar learning, and the topic of “implicit sequence learning” became an evolving research field in the 1980s with the introduction of the serial reaction time task (SRTT) by Nissen and Bullemer (1987). In fact, artificial grammar learning and sequence learning are still the main paradigms for studying implicit learning. Implicit sequence learning(ISL) underlies abilities such as being able to perceive patterns of speech and grammar, or to respond to hidden rules of social...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland