# Statistical learning

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Chapter 5 endnote 19, from ** How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain** by Lisa Feldman Barrett.

Some context is:

The newborn brain has the ability to learn patterns, a process called statistical learning.

**Statistical learning** occurs when statistical regularities are extracted from repeated patterns. In human learning, these patterns include sensory inputs, both from the external context and from the internal milieu of the body.^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} Recent discussions assume that the human brain treats learning as rational statistical inference using Bayesian probablility theory.^{[5]}^{[6]}^{[7]}

## Notes on the Notes

- ↑ Aslin, Richard N., and Elissa L. Newport. 2012. "Statistical learning from acquiring specific items to forming general rules."
*Current Directions in Psychological Science*21 (3): 170-176. - ↑ Turk-Browne, N.B. 2012. "Statistical learning and its consequences." In
*The Influence of Attention, Learning, and Motivation on Visual Search,*edited by M.D. Dodd and J.H. Flowers, pp. 117–146, New York: Springer. - ↑ Frost, Ram, Blair C. Armstrong, Noam Siegelman, and Morten H. Christiansen. 2015. "Domain generality versus modality specificity: the paradox of statistical learning."
*Trends in Cognitive Sciences*19 (3): 117-125. - ↑ For example, Goujon, Annabelle, André Didierjean, and Simon Thorpe. 2015. "Investigating implicit statistical learning mechanisms through contextual cueing."
*Trends in Cognitive Sciences*19 (9): 524-533. - ↑ Xu, Fei, and Tamar Kushnir. 2013. "Infants are rational constructivist learners."
*Current Directions in Psychological Science*22 (1): 28-32. - ↑ Chater, Nick, and Mike Oaksford. 2008.
*The Probabilistic Mind: Prospects for Bayesian Cognitive Science*. Oxford University Press, USA. - ↑ Tenenbaum, Joshua B., Charles Kemp, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Noah D. Goodman. 2011. "How to grow a mind: Statistics, structure, and abstraction."
*Science*331 (6022): 1279-1285.