Ch 5: Learning: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Learning chapter of this Intro to Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master learning concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of learning.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about introductory psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding conditioning or working with reinforcement
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the act of learning
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Learning chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Learning chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about learning. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How do classical and operant conditioning differ?
  • What are some of the biological limits on conditioning?
  • How do observation and insight factor into the learning process?
  • What does scheduling reinforcement mean?

23 Lessons in Chapter 5: Learning: Help and Review
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.

Watson and Little Albert

2. Watson and Little Albert

Does classical conditioning work on humans? In this lesson, you'll explore this question as poor Little Albert is taught to fear a rat. You'll also see how classical conditioning can be used in advertising.

Operant Conditioning

3. 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.


4. 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.

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.

Prisoner's Dilemma

6. Prisoner's Dilemma

Do you make decisions based on your own self- interest? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the famous 'prisoner's dilemma' game to see if individuals, when faced with a competitive or cooperative decision, will choose selfish or selfless outcomes.

Observation and Insight

7. Observation and Insight

Do you learn through observation or through sudden understanding? In this lesson, we'll take a look at two different methods of learning, which can affect your behavior and problem-solving ability.

Biological Limits on Conditioning

8. Biological Limits on Conditioning

How can biological influences affect conditioning? Have you ever had food poisoning? In this lesson, you'll see how natural responses can accelerate or hinder conditioning.

Three Stages Of Memory in Psychology: Explanation & Summary

9. Three Stages Of Memory in Psychology: Explanation & Summary

Have you ever given thought to the fact that without memory, you would not know your own name, your address, or where and when you were born? Learn about the complex process of memory and take a short quiz to see how well your memory system works.

Robert Sternberg in Psychology: Theory, Creativity & Intelligence

10. Robert Sternberg in Psychology: Theory, Creativity & Intelligence

Robert Sternberg is an American psychologist and professor who is best known for his theory on intelligence and creativity. Learn about Sternberg's views on intelligence, information processing, the basic mental processes, and more.

Freudian Repression: Definition & Overview

11. Freudian Repression: Definition & Overview

In this lesson you will learn about repression, a psychological defense mechanism proposed by Sigmund Freud. Following this lesson you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Negative Punishment: Definition & Examples

12. Negative Punishment: Definition & Examples

Negative punishments work to decrease the likelihood of an undesirable behavior reoccurring by taking something favorable away. Learn more about negative punishments through examples in this lesson, and then test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Principle of Conditioning: Definition & Explanation

13. Principle of Conditioning: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson we will learn that the term conditioning is a type of learning by association. Read more about the definition and history of conditioning and test your understanding with a quiz.

Punishments in Psychology: Definition & Examples

14. Punishments in Psychology: Definition & Examples

A punishment is used to reduce an undesired behavior. Learn more about punishment through several examples and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Reinforcement and Punishment: Examples & Overview

15. Reinforcement and Punishment: Examples & Overview

The power of reinforcement and punishment to change behavior was discovered by B.F. Skinner. Read on to learn about Skinner's discoveries and how you may experience reinforcement and punishment in your own life.

Skinner Box: Experiment & Theory

16. Skinner Box: Experiment & Theory

In this lesson you will learn what a Skinner box is and how it can be used. Following this lesson you will have an opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Stimulus Generalization: Definition & Explanation

17. Stimulus Generalization: Definition & Explanation

Stimulus generalization is one of the possible outcomes of classical and operant conditioning. In this lesson, you will learn about famous experiments involving stimulus generalization and everyday circumstances in which it occurs.

Vicarious Reinforcement: Definition & Explanation

18. Vicarious Reinforcement: Definition & Explanation

Stickers, praise, and sweet treats - what do they have in common? The fact that they can all be used for vicarious reinforcement! When two people are given the same task, and one is excelling and the other is slacking, one way to push the slacker to do more is to reward the positive behavior of the other person. Learn more in this lesson!

Psycholinguistics: Definition & Theory

19. Psycholinguistics: Definition & Theory

The study of psycholinguistics examines how we develop, perceive, and produce language. In this lesson, you will discover the field of psycholinguistics and the most popular psycholinguistic theories.

The Whole Language Approach to Reading

20. The Whole Language Approach to Reading

The whole language approach is a term we hear batted around in the educational field, but does anyone really know what it means? This lesson will define the whole language approach and look at the practice.

Elaborative Rehearsal: Definition & Examples

21. Elaborative Rehearsal: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of elaborative rehearsal and how it differs from another form of memory rehearsal: maintenance rehearsal. You'll get examples to help you understand this concept and a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

Adult ADHD: Symptoms, Medication & Treatment

22. Adult ADHD: Symptoms, Medication & Treatment

Adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects roughly 8 million Americans, and yet often goes undiagnosed and untreated. This lesson covers the symptoms of adult ADHD and what medications and treatments are currently available.

Abstract Conceptualization: Definition & Examples

23. Abstract Conceptualization: Definition & Examples

Abstract conceptualization is an important part of the experiential learning process and can be a preferred learning style for many people. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to define abstract conceptualization and explore some examples of how it helps us to learn.

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