In this accessible text, David Morgan explains the fundamental principals of learning and cognition while employing the central organizing theme that the notion of learning and cognition are best conceptualized as processes that allow animals, including humans, to adapt to complex environments over time.
In an introductory text applying the principles of learning and cognition to render it accessible and relevant to undergraduates, Morgan (who identifies himself as a first-time textbook author and professor of an unnamed college) covers the standard bases with vignettes, sidebar definitions of terms, and thought questions. Topics include the history of the study of learning and cognition as adaptation, conditioning, social learning, memory, conceptual behavior, language, the nervous system, and modern evolutionary psychology. A test bank is available on a CD-ROM not bundled with the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)