Principles of Learning and Behavior
Principles of Learning and Behavior is an Open Education Resource written by Lee W. Daffin Jr., Ph.D. through Washington State University which tackles issues related to learning over 13 modules. Our discussion begins by defining learning and outlining its history in the field of psychology. The various research methods used in psychology are outlined as they relate to the study of behavior. We then move to a discussion of elicited behaviors, respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning, and complementary cognitive processes such as sensation, memory, language, and learning concepts.
Principles of Learning and Behavior is an Open Education Resource written by Lee W. Daffin Jr., Ph.D. through Washington State University which tackles issues related to learning over 13 modules.
The discussion begins by Setting the Stage and defining learning. I will also outline the history of the field of psychology as it relates to the study of learning and behavior. In the second module I will describe research methods used in the study of learning and behavior and matters such as what we study and how we study it. Part I concludes with a discussion of elicited behaviors such as reflexes, fixed action patterns, modal action patterns, and forms of nonassociative learning such as habituation and desensitization.
Then in Part II respondent/classical/Pavlovian conditioning will be discussed and its applications, followed by the same discussion of operant conditioning in Part III. In Part IV observational learning will be covered. Its important to understand that the three learning models are not in competition with one another but are complementary. An example will be worked through to demonstrate this in Part V.
Part VI will round out the book and cover complementary cognitive processes to include sensation, memory, language, and learning concepts.
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