Ch 21: Learning & Conditioning in Psychology

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons on learning and conditioning in psychology, including important theories. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Learning and Conditioning in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Much of psychology is dedicated to the study of human behavior and how that behavior can be influenced. This series of video lessons is led by an experienced psychology instructor and will provide you with an overview of key concepts of learning and conditioning in psychology. Become knowledgeable about classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and related ideas, such as shaping and scheduling reinforcement. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Distinguish classical from operant conditioning
  • Discuss the biological limits on conditioning
  • Define the social-cognitive learning theory

Video Objective
Classical Conditioning Define classical conditioning; summarize the steps required for classical conditioning to occur.
Watson and Little Albert Describe the experiment in classical conditioning carried out by John Watson on Albert B., or Little Albert.
Operant Conditioning Define operant conditioning; summarize the steps required for operant conditioning to occur.
Shaping Define shaping as it relates to behavioral psychology; describe the process by which shaping takes place.
Scheduling Reinforcement Discuss the concept of scheduling reinforcement; describe factors that influence scheduling reinforcement.
Prisoner's Dilemma Describe the parameters of this game within the context of learning and conditioning.
Observation and Insight Describe how these tools are used in behavioral psychology.
Biological Limits on Conditioning Describe typical biological limits on condition and how they're determined.
Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples Define this theory and provide examples.

5 Lessons in Chapter 21: Learning & Conditioning in Psychology
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What is Shaping in Psychology? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Shaping in Psychology? - Definition & Examples

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.

Schedules of Reinforcement in Psychology: Continuous & Partial

2. Schedules of Reinforcement in Psychology: Continuous & Partial

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.

What is the Prisoner's Dilemma? - Albert Tucker & Game Theory

3. What is the Prisoner's Dilemma? - Albert Tucker & Game Theory

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.

Observational vs. Insight Learning: Albert Bandura & Wolfgang Kohler

4. Observational vs. Insight Learning: Albert Bandura & Wolfgang Kohler

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: Taste Aversion, the Garcia Effect & Instincts

5. Biological Limits on Conditioning: Taste Aversion, the Garcia Effect & Instincts

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.

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