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Learning and Cognition




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course concerns the study of learning from the most basic associationistic ideas to complex cognitive behaviors such as problem solving and thinking. Various ideas regarding the nature of the mind are presented along with the fundamental concepts of learning and conditioning. Strengths and weaknesses of the memory system are discussed as they relate to higher cognitive processes such as language, problem solving, and eyewitness identification. Neurophysiological correlates of cognitive phenomena and memory disorders are also discussed.


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Introduction to Learning and Cognition

  • Define learning and its behavioral components.
  • Identify key theorists behind Behaviorist, Cognitive, and Connectionist approaches to learning.
  • Differentiate among Behaviorist, Cognitive, and Connectionist approaches to learning.

Classical and Operant Conditioning

  • Compare the different styles of learning.
  • Define classical and operant conditioning.
  • Contrast Pavlov’s and Skinner's theories on conditioning.

Social Learning Theory and Memory & Emotional Influences on Learning

  • Analyze the emotional influence on learning.
  • Describe Social Learning Theory.
  • Explain Observational Learning.


  • Define episodic and semantic memory.
  • Compare the three stages of memory.
  • Analyze the impact of social media on memory.

Aging and Cognition

  • Describe the effects Alzheimer's has on cognition.
  • Apply learning theories to a learning process in a real-world situation.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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