How does Context-dependent memory bring verbatim from gist? The context will activate the gist – the familiarity – and the recall (if available) is processed just an inch away in a different part of the same processing organ (hippocampus) … but what’s the bridging mechanism? Could habit be related? (stimulus-response pair = habit)? Is recall response as much as familiarity? It must be.
I just relearned (wow it’s been so long) about Clark L. Hull. Incredibly influential regarding habit then suddenly dropped like a hot potato as psychology moved towards Skinner and then other things.
*I* think he hit too close to home, possibly a precursor to cybernetics in a way.
“Hull found a way of explaining purpose as a mechanistic response in its own right. He claimed that in repeatedly running to attain the reward (food, water) at the end of a maze, animals began making “eating-like” responses even before they got to the goal box. This gave the appearance of purpose, but it was actually nothing but an anticipatory goal response. a fraction of the complete sequence of “running to eat.” In other words, the animals were already getting in position to eat in running faster as they came closer to the goal box, and made head rotations, salivated, and so forth even before the goal had been reached. Such actions appear to be purposive but are merely learned responses, as when a human being begins putting silverware in place, picking up the napkin, looking about in expectation that food will soon be served. Such actions are an aspect of the total behavior called dining and they are responses to stimuli, not purposes. The debate over whether behavior was purposive and what “purpose” could mean was never solved”