Symbolic Versus Associative Learning

Cognitive Science 34 (6):958-965 (2010)
Ramscar and colleagues (2010, this volume) describe the “feature-label-order” (FLO) effect on category learning and characterize it as a constraint on symbolic learning. I argue that FLO is neither a constraint on symbolic learning in the sense of “learning elements of a symbol system” (instead, it is an effect on nonsymbolic, association learning) nor is it, more than any other constraint on category learning, a constraint on symbolic learning in the sense of “solving the symbol grounding problem.”
Keywords Symbol grounding  Symbol systems  Symbolic learning  Relational representations  Relational learning
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DOI 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01096.x
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