Introduction to the Theories of Learning / Edition 8

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136057727
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


1. What Is Learning?

2. Approaches to the Study of Learning.

3. Early Notions about Learning.


4. Edward Lee Thorndike.

5. Burrhus Frederick Skinner.

6. Clark Leonard Hull.


7. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov.

8. Edwin Ray Guthrie.

9. William Kaye Estes.


10. Gestalt Theory.

11. Jean Piaget.

12. Edward Chace Tolman.

13. Albert Bandura.


14. Donald Olding Hebb.


15. Robert C. Bolles and Evolutionary Psychology.


16. A Final Word.

17. Glossary

18. References

19. Name Index

20. Subject Index

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As in previous editions, the four main goals of this textbook are to define learning and to show how the learning process is studied (Chapters 1 and 2); to place learning theory in historical perspective (Chapter 3); and to present essential features of the major theories of learning with implications for educational practices (Chapters 4 through 15). We have attempted to retain the best features of earlier editions while making revisions that reflect current research and scholarship. The most significant revisions include the following:

  • An introduction to theory and applications in Behavioral Economics (Chapter 5)
  • New research in the Pavlovian tradition including learned irrelevance and superconditioning phenomena (Chapter 7)
  • Exciting developments in the neurosciences with implications for the "active brain" approach in Gestalt psychology (Chapter 10)
  • Albert Bandura's "Agentic Perspective" (Chapter 13)
  • Contemporary re-thinking about reinforcement centers in the brain and their possible roles in addiction (Chapter 14)
  • Exciting developments in neural plasticity (ability to form new connections and even generate new cells in adult brain) (Chapter 14)
  • Introduction to William Timberlake's "Biological Behaviorism" (Chapter 15)
  • New developments concerning prepared learning of phobias in humans (Chapter 15)
  • Updated research and references throughout
  • Chapter 16 (Implications for Education) was deleted and important educational implications were integrated within each theorist's chapter
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