Psychology | The Psychology of Learning
P325 | 3646 | A. Machado

We survey the state of the art concerning animal and human learning.
Topics include evolution and learning, reflexes, habituation, classical
and operant conditioning, reinforcement and punishment, stimulus control,
choice behavior, and self-control.  We study the issues that have informed
the work of generations of learning psychologists, their research methods,
and the theories developed to date.  At the end of the course the student
will know some of the basic principles of learning, understand a few
applications of learning theory, and be able to undertake more advanced
courses on the subject matter.
Text:  Mazur, Learning and Behavior, 1998.  Machado, Lecture Notes and
Homework Assignments.
Exams and Grades: Students will be assigned homework at the end of each
topic.  The assignments are designed to help students understand
particular concepts, relate concepts to one another, and generalize their
knowledge to new situations.  They consist of writing essays, drawing and
interpreting graphs, criticizing a section of the book, or predicting the
outcome of an experiment.  There will also be in-class quizzes and two
written exams.  Writing is a major component of this course.  Be prepared
to write extensively!
Office hours: Will be available twice a week (to be announced in class).
Can also be reached by e-mail The teaching assistant
will also be available to answer questions.