THE LEARNING SIMULATOR PROJECT

The Learning Simulator is a general and flexible software that can simulate many theories of learning to understand how they work and what they predict. It currently includes models of instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning, as well as models from machine learning. A powerful scripting language lets users describe concisely both laboratory experiments and natural learning situations. The simulator is being used in fundamental research and in applications to animal welfare and clinical psychology.

The Learning Simulator is published in

The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS).

BACKGROUND

The learning simulator project originates from research at the Centre for Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University, on learning phenomena in humans and other animals, sponsored by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. Read about this project on the Fundamental Research Page

 

RESEARCH

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Therapy Session

FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH

We use the simulator in fundamental research to get a better understanding of learning in animals and humans, with a focus on associative learning.

APPLIED ETHOLOGY

We use the simulator to understand the origin of behavioural problems in domestic and farm animals and to improve their welfare.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

We use the simulator to understand how implicit (unconscious) learning may impact psychological conditions such as phobias, anxiety, and depression.

 

EDUCATION

The Learning Simulator is an excellent teaching tool for students who need a hands-on understanding of learning theories.