Psychology | The Psychology of Learning
P325 | 4611 | J. Farley


The intent of this course is to expose students to the basic
principles of learning, memory, and behavioral change. The primary
emphasis will be upon the findings and conceptual models of behavior
stemming from basic research with common laboratory animals. Whenever
possible, the implications and applications of basic animal research
for human behavior will be discussed.
The following topics will be treated. This list is not exhaustive.
1) Non-associative learning procesesses such as habituation,
dishabituation, and sensitization.
2) Implications and applications of research on non-associative
learning processes for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and
phobic disorders.
3) Basic procedures and principles of classical or Pavlovian
conditioning.
4) The roles of predictability, contingencies, and "surprise" in
Pavlovian conditioning.
5) Recent research on Pavlovian conditioned inhibition, higher-order
conditioning and the structure of associations, the phenomena of
blocking and overshadowing
6) Formal models of classical conditioning phenomena
e.g.,Research-Wagner model
7) Applications of classical conditioning research to human
psychopathology.
8) Learned helplessness
9) Opponent-process theory of acquired motivation
10)Basic procedures and principles of operant, or instrumental
conditioning
11)Schedules of reinforcement
12)Theories of reinforcement and punishment
13)Conditioned reinforcement and observing behavior
14)Choice behavior
15)The matching law and its descendants
16)Behavioral economics
17)Aversive control: punishment an avoidance
18)Interactions between instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning
19)Applied behavioral analysis
20)Biological constraints on learning: taste-aversion learning,
"prepared" learning, bird-song learning
21)Neurobiology of learning
22)Animal memory
23)Animal cognition
24)Animal language