Human Learning and Memory

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Overview

This innovative textbook is the first to integrate learning and memory, behaviour, and cognition. It focuses on fascinating human research in both memory and learning (while also bringing in important animal studies) and brings the reader up to date with the latest developments in the subject. Students are encouraged to think critically: key theories and issues are looked at in detail; descriptions of experiments include why they were done and how examining the method can help evaluate competing viewpoints. By looking at underlying cognitive processes, students come away with a sense of learning and memory being interrelated actions taken by the same human being, rather than two separate activities. Lively and engaging writing is supported by lots of examples of practical applications that show the relevance of lab-based research to everyday life. Examples include treatments for phobias and autism, ways to improve eyewitness testimony, and methods of enhancing study techniques.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lieberman takes his mastery of a wide range of complex research and theory and presents it in clear, respectful, and thought-provoking prose."
—Paul Young, Houghton College, New York

"This is a highly readable text. It draws the reader in from the very first page and challenges them to really think about and question the rest of the text. All concepts and theories are explained well and elaborated on with both real-world and research examples and it makes great use of applications which really help students to understand."
—Hayley Ness, The Open University

"Human Learning & Memory is a lively and engaging read. The author does an excellent job of building up concepts and guiding the reader through quite complex theoretical ideas without over-burdening them with jargon. I was impressed by the constant reinforcing of key points with particularly interesting and/or clever experiments."
—Samuel Hutton, University of Sussex

"David Lieberman, of the University of Stirling, attempts to integrate different facets of the subject, including learning and memory, and behavior and cognition. The text focuses on human research in both memory and learning and aims to encourage students to think critically. Key theories and issues are detailed, and the focus on underlying cognitive processes aims to offer insight into learning and memory as inter-related actions rather than two separate activities."
—Times Higher Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521701396
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 604
  • Sales rank: 1,257,592
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Lieberman was an undergraduate at Columbia University and received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He taught for four years at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he was twice selected as the 'most stimulating' teacher in psychology in university polls of graduating seniors. He moved to the University of Stirling in Scotland where his course on learning received the highest student ratings of any course in psychology. He served two terms as Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and was one of two psychology members of the SERC panel that awarded research grants in psychology. He is the author of Learning and the Control of Behavior, Learning: Behavior and Cognition and Learning and Memory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Learning: 1. Some basic assumptions; 2. Classical conditioning; 3. Conditioning principles and theories; 4. Reinforcement; 5. Reinforcement applications; 6. Punishment; 7. Theories of reinforcement; Part II. Memory: 8. Memory: an introduction; 9. Sensory and working memory; 10. Long-term memory; 11. Retrieval; 12. Practical applications; Part III. Learning and Memory: 13. Neural networks.

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