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p. 685. When learning goes wronglocked

  • Mark Haselgrove


Learning can be very adaptive, but sometimes, for some reason, it goes wrong. First, the properties of learning can go awry, so that inappropriate associations develop. Alternatively, learning can progress normally—exhibiting the same properties as learning does when it supports adaptive behaviour—but instead it results in the acquisition of behaviour that is maladaptive. ‘When learning goes wrong’ first highlights two instances of maladaptive behaviour—the psychological side effects of cancer treatment and the acquisition of substance addictions—and then considers how learning can be disrupted in the case of schizophrenia, and how this may contribute to learning about inappropriate things.

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