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ISBN-10 0205253091ISBN-13 9780205253098
Print: 
ISBN-10 0205246443ISBN-13 9780205246441
Author(s): James E. Mazur
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 448
Description

A thorough survey of the field of learning, including classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement schedules, avoidance and punishment, stimulus control, comparative cognition, observational learning, motor skill learning, and choice. This text is designed to give undergraduate and graduate students a comprehensive, up-to-date, and readable survey of the field of learning.

The book includes thorough coverage of both classic studies and the most recent developments and trends.  The book is intended to stimulate student interest by emphasizing the importance of learning principles in everyday life, and by providing numerous examples of real-world applications of the principles discovered in laboratory research.  Most chapters provide examples of how the principles covered have been applied in behavior modification and therapy.  Learning objectives, practice quizzes, review questions, and a glossary are included to help students master the concepts and find additional information.  Students and faculty who used previous editions have commented that the book offers a well-balanced, well-written, and engaging text on the fairly technical topic of learning.   There is one chapter on learning by observation and one chapter on motor skill learning, two topics that are missing from most other texts in this area.  The book emphasizes the behavioral approach but not exclusively so; many cognitive theories are covered as well, and there is a chapter on comparative cognition.  There is also a full chapter devoted to choice, a topic that has been of intense interest to many researchers in the field of learning.

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