This course examines major theories of learning with relevance to instrumental and classical (Pavlovian) conditioning, cognitive learning processes, motivation, affect, and memory. The students will explore relevant research on traditional and contemporary issues in learning, with an emphasis on human learning from both behavioral and cognitive perspectives.
Compare and contrast the conceptual approaches to the study of learning.
Analyze forms of simple stimulus learning.
Classical Conditioning and Learning
Explain the concept of classical conditioning.
Analyze the role of awareness in conditioning.
Evaluate the application of classical conditioning to the learning process.
Instrumental Conditioning and Learning
Compare and contrast the concepts of positive and negative reinforcement as they relate to learning.
Evaluate the application of instrumental conditioning to the learning process.
Explain the role of reward and punishment in the learning process.
Compare and contrast serial learning, paired associate learning, and free recall.
Explore the role of Mnemonics in the recall of verbal stimuli.
Explain the concepts of working memory, short term memory, and long term memory.
Explain the role of encoding and retrieval in the memory process.
Evaluate variables associated with encoding information and ease of retrieval.
Individual Differences in Learning and Memory
Analyze the relationship between genetics and learning.
Analyze the implications of age, gender, and personality to learning.
Evaluate learning styles in relation to theories of human learning and memory retrieval.
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