Learning and Conditioning

Learning and Conditioning - knowledge that is due to...

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Learning and Conditioning Don't Assume - Learning seems to be one process that many people take for granted (just assume it happens and happens basically the same way for most people) but know very little about. Ask The Right Questions So, how do we learn? How do other animals learn? Do we learn the same way? What are our limitations? Can we learn anything? Is there one right way to learn? To answer these questions, we need to first establish a definition of learning. Our definition is comprised of several different components: How Do We Define the Learning Process? The 4 Factors That Form The Definition of Learning: 1) learning is inferred from a change in behavior/performance* 2) learning results in an inferred change in memory 3) learning is the result of experience 4) learning is relatively permanent It is the combination of these 4 factors that make our definition of learning. Or, you can go with a slightly less comprehensive definition that is offered in many text books: Learning is a relatively durable change in behavior or
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Unformatted text preview: knowledge that is due to experience. What is Behavior Potential? This means that behavior changes that are temporary or due to things like drugs, alcohol, etc., are not "learned". * Behavior Potential - once something is learned, an organism can exhibit a behavior that indicates learning as occurred. Thus, once a behavior has been "learned", it can be exhibited by "performance" of a corresponding behavior. It is the combination of these 4 factors that make our definition of learning. Or, you can go with a slightly less comprehensive definition that is offered in many text books: Learning is a relatively durable change in behavior or knowledge that is due to experience. We are going to discuss the two main types of learning examined by researchers, classical conditioning and operant conditioning....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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