Ch 6: Glencoe Understanding Psychology Chapter 6: Learning

About This Chapter

The Learning chapter of this Glencoe Understanding Psychology textbook companion course helps students learn the psychological theories and principles of learning and how they can be applied. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Learning textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Understanding Psychology Learning chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the learning topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • The definition of learning
  • Classical conditioning
  • Extinction in conditioning
  • Generalization and discrimination in conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Classical conditioning vs. operant conditioning
  • E.L. Thorndike and the Law of Effect
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • B. F. Skinner's operant conditioning theory and its impact on education
  • Fixed and variable ratio schedules
  • Shaping
  • Behavior management plans
  • Latent learning
  • Social-cognitive learning theory
  • Observational learning
  • Relational and analytic learning styles

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9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Glencoe Understanding Psychology Chapter 6: Learning
Classical Conditioning

1. Classical Conditioning

Can you be conditioned to associate something new with something else you naturally respond to? In this lesson, we'll take a look at a famous psychological experiment that tested how brains have the ability to automatically react to new stimuli if it's conditioned correctly.

Operant Conditioning

2. Operant Conditioning

How do we adapt our behaviors to our advantage? Can we learn from punishment and reward? With operant conditioning, our behaviors are shaped based off the responses we get from them.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

3. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

4. Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

How can outside forces change the way we behave? Why are people's actions shaped by rewards, such as money or good grades, or punishments, such as losing money or feeling pain? This lesson is an introduction to the famous psychologist Thorndike and his foundational research on why consequences of behavior, such as rewards or punishments, affect our future choices.

Scheduling Reinforcement

5. Scheduling Reinforcement

Have you ever wondered how our behavior is conditioned? How does the timing of rewards affect our behavior and our learning? In this lesson, we'll take a close look at how reinforcement scheduling can influence how fast we learn a behavior and how well the behavior is maintained.

B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

6. B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

What does candy have to do with learning and behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the theories of psychologist B.F. Skinner, including behavioral modification and educational applications of his behavioral learning theories.


7. Shaping

How can teachers shape the behavior of their students? In this lesson, you'll not only discover how a pigeon learned how to bowl, but you'll also study the steps required to shape complex acts into continuous behaviors.

Creating a Behavior Management Plan: Steps & Behavioral Changes

8. Creating a Behavior Management Plan: Steps & Behavioral Changes

This lesson will outline the steps you need to take if you'd like to make a positive, health-related change in your life. You'll learn about keeping a journal and how to set SMART goals for yourself.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

9. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you learned behaviors or skills from observing others? Maybe you have learned from observing a teacher, friend, or supervisor. We acquire new knowledge and skills from a variety of methods. This lesson will introduce the concepts of the social-cognitive theory, which focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context.

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