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Conditioning and Learning Optimal Foraging Theory November 8, 2011 © John M. Ackroff 2011
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© John M. Ackroff 2011  What are we trying to  learn How learning occurs, and the role it  plays in how we interact with our  environment and others.
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© John M. Ackroff 2011  How do we try to answer  these questions? Naturalistic observation (some) Can’t  infer causality Don’t know  when you have enough data Don’t necessarily know  when/where to  observe Lab experiments (a lot) Address  the drawbacks of observation  artificial environment
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© John M. Ackroff 2011  Problems with lab  experiments Place artificial constraints on the animal Has access only to  those things provided We don’t know  what behaviors we’d see if  there were more choices Typically restricted to certain time periods  during the day, at our convenience While animals tend to be nocturnal or  diurnal, no hard and fast rules Deer in NJ
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© John M. Ackroff 2011  Problems, cont’d The world is a  very complex environment  a Skinner box is less so We’re taking away lots of behavioral 
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course PSYCH 311 taught by Professor Rovee-collier during the Fall '06 term at Rutgers.

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