COURSE_SYLLABUS_-_LEARNING_-LEC_40_-_SUMMER_2011

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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY PSYC 351/1 40 FUNDAMENTALS OF LEARNING SUMMER 2011 Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 11:30. Room CC-204. Instructor: Afroditi Panagopoulos Office: SP 357.06 Phone: 848-2424 ext. 2185 Email: [email protected] Office hours: By appointment only Web address: www.concordia.ca select: My Concordia Portal; enter username and password; select course websites; Powered by Moodle; select PSYC 351/1 40. TEXTBOOK Required: The Principles of Learning and Behavior. Michael P. Domjan (2010), Sixth Edition. Thomson-Wadsworth. Note: you could also use the Fifth Edition Recommended: Learning and Behavior: A contemporary synthesis. Mark E. Bouton (2007), Sinauer Associates, Inc. [Highly recommended!] COURSE DESCRIPTION All animals, including humans, have the ability to respond to changes in their environment. By definition, learning is the process by which knowledge is acquired from experience. The goal of learning research is to investigate the basic principles and mechanisms that underlie the behavioral changes that are the result of the interaction between an organism and its environment. The course is designed to introduce students to the theory and research relating to the basic principles and mechanisms of learning. In this course we will examine the definition of learning psychology, as well as some of the history of the field, and the theories and research behind many areas in learning. We will cover topics such as classical and operant conditioning, biological dispositions to learning, rule-governed behavior, and self-control.
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