PSY 3480: Psychology of Learning


Introduction to the branch of psychology that addresses how people and animals learn, and how their behaviors are changed as a result of this learning.


  1. Discuss the history and basic concepts in learning, including early experiments on memory and learning, behavioral and cognitive approaches, the use of animals in research, physiological research, and habituation.
  2. Analyze the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning, including their use in behavior therapy.
  3. Distinguish between the major theories and research in operant conditioning and stimulus control, including application to issues in everyday life.
  4. Discuss memory, problem-solving, language and reasoning in animals.
  5. Describe social learning theory in relation to real-world issues and behavior therapy.
  6. Apply the theories and variables affecting motor skill acquisition and performance.
  7. Apply theory and research on self-control and choice situations.


  1. PSY 1010


Introduction to learning and behavior (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2017)
Author: Powell, R. A., Honey, P. L., & Symbaluk, D. G.
ISBN: 9781305652941
Price: $187.16

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