The study of animal learning was a cornerstone of psychology from the 1930s to the 1970s and is as relevant now for understanding humans as it was back then for studying animals. This module will provide an introduction to classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics. It will also introduce preparedness and other areas of learning theory that are at the intersection of the evolutionary history of a species and how it interacts with the environment.
- Knowing the history of the field
- Understanding difference between classical and operant conditioning
- Know the difference between conditioned and unconditioned stimuli
- Define positive and negative reinforcement and punishment
- Be able to distinguish between primary and secondary reinforcers
- Understand different reinforcement schedules
- Know why preparedness is an important concept
- See how animal learning impacts a range of areas in psychology.
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Burgess, A. 1962. A Clockwork Orange.