PSY 270 Learning Theories

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PSY 270 Learning Theories

3 Semester Units

Learning Theories offers a presentation of learning and behavior theory, methodology, and research relating to how and why humans and animals learn and behave as they do. Classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, verbal learning, encoding, retention and various learning styles will all be explored to help students confidently understand the learning process and its effect on behavior.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare the difference between learning and learned behavior.
  • Examine the basic procedure of Pavlovian conditioning.
  • Assess the relationship between conditioned and unconditioned responses.
  • Examine the effects of reinforcement and extinction on behavioral variation.
  • Analyze what evidence points to the conclusion that extinction does not erase original learning.


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