Psy 390 Introduction To Learning

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Introduction to Learning Britni Bleeker PSY/390 September 24, 2013 Dr. Lane Roos Introduction to Learning Learning is the “relatively lasting change in behavior that is the result of experience” (Cherry, p. 1, n.d.). In this paper we will discuss four different key factors pertaining to concept of learning. First, we will discuss what learning actually means. Then, the role that behavior has in correlation to learning. Followed by two different types of learning, instrumental, and classical. Finally, we will conclude with the relationship between cognition and learning. When someone usually explains what learning is, the answer usually is described as the way to gather information, we way a person comprehends, or master’s something from experience or by his or her studies. Psychologist think that the common definition is vague and does not fully define the findings of scientist and observable behavior (Olson & Hergenhahn, 2013). Learning is used to assist in the process of adapting to his or her environment (Olson & Hergenhahn, 2013). Learning adds growing mechanisms, automatic responses, and modified behaviors in animals and in…show more content…
Instrumental conditioning, is when behavior is reinforced and is dependent on his or her behavior (Olson & Hergenahn, 2013). Classical conditioning, is when an unconditioned stimulus is paired with a conditioned response and visa-versa many times, which changes behavior. Instrumental and classical cognition both can change one’s behavior, but classical conditioning helps in forming a behavior that more conductive to survival, and instrumental conditioning helps in learning to avoid certain situations, events, or effects. Cognitive expectancy is an important factor in instrumental and classical
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