Ch 16: Learning & Psychology

About This Chapter

Develop a deeper understanding of the psychological aspects of learning, such as conditioning and reinforcement, using these short lessons. Use this material to prepare for exams or class discussions for your current psychology course or even prepare for professional certification or licensing exams.

Learning & Psychology - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review the psychology of learning using brief but informative video lessons. You'll examine topics such as behavioral shaping, types of conditioning, observational learning and psychological experiments focusing on learned behaviors. You will even review the biological limits on conditioning. After reviewing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe classical and operant conditioning
  • Provide details about the Watson and Little Albert experiment
  • Relate steps in the shaping process and how to apply them in the classroom
  • Define reinforcement and describe how to choose a schedule of reinforcement
  • Discuss the 'prisoner's dilemma' and what it means
  • Detail biological influences on psychological conditioning
  • Identify how people learn through observation or insight

You can study when it's convenient for you, and even print lesson transcripts to reference whenever you need to. Take the self-assessment quizzes to measure the depth of your knowledge and your readiness to move on to the next topic. Use your Dashboard to chart your progress from one lesson to the next.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: Learning & Psychology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Classical Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Principles & Examples

1. Classical Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Principles & Examples

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.

Psychologist John Watson & the Little Albert Experiment

2. Psychologist John Watson & the Little Albert Experiment

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 in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples

3. Operant Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples

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.

What is Shaping in Psychology? - Definition & Examples

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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