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.
Evaluate learning styles in relation to theories of human learning and memory retrieval.
Analyze the implications of age, gender, and personality to learning.
Analyze the relationship between genetics and learning.
Evaluate variables associated with encoding information and ease of retrieval.
Explain the role of encoding and retrieval in the memory process.
Explain the concepts of working memory, short term memory, and long term memory.
Explore the role of Mnemonics in the recall of verbal stimuli.
Compare and contrast serial learning, paired associate learning, and free recall.
Instrumental Conditioning and Learning
Explain the role of reward and punishment in the learning process.
Evaluate the application of instrumental conditioning to the learning process.
Compare and contrast the concepts of positive and negative reinforcement as they relate to learning.
Classical Conditioning and Learning
Evaluate the application of classical conditioning to the learning process.
Analyze the role of awareness in conditioning.
Explain the concept of classical conditioning.
Understanding the Concept of Learning
Analyze forms of simple stimulus learning.
Compare and contrast the conceptual approaches to the study of learning.
Distinguish between learning and performance.
Describe the concept of learning.
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