Contributions of functional neuroimaging to theories of category learning

Paul J Reber*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter provides evidence in support of a specific theory of the cognitive representations that support visual category learning using functional magnetic resonance imaging. It reviews data showing that category learning not only recruits regions that have been previously implicated in learning and memory processes but also regions implicated in perceptual processing. These findings clearly support psychological theories claiming distinct mechanisms for different types of learning and they provide a basis for understanding how these systems are modified due to experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroimaging of Human Memory
Subtitle of host publicationLinking Cognitive Processes to Neural Systems
EditorsFrank Rösler, Charan Ranganath, Brigitte Röder, Rainer H Kluwe
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191696077
ISBN (Print)9780199217298
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Category learning
  • Cognitive representations
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Perceptual processing
  • Psychological theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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