The role of the cerebellum in motor, cognitive and emotional associative learning

Peter Marien, Frank Van Overwalle, Marie Vandekerckhove, M. Manto

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Associative learning denotes a specific kind of learning process in which a change in the behavior of an organism results from adaptation to a particular relation between events occurring in an environment. Current insights in the neurobiological mechanisms subserving associative learning are primarily based on experimental and clinical research with the classical (eyeblink) conditioning paradigms. In the mammalian species, including humans, the cerebellum serves as the cardinal neural substrate for different forms of associate learning, including motor, emotional and cognitive associative learning. This article aims to present a concise overview of the critical involvement of the human cerebellum in associative learning processes in the motor, cognitive and affective domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences
EditorsJames D. Wright
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-097087-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • cerebellum
  • learning
  • associative learning
  • classically conditioned eyeblink response
  • motor learning
  • emotional learning


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