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Learning and Behavior: Active Learning Edition (with Workbook)
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Now in a paperback format with a new, free workbook built right into the text! LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR looks at learning as an evolutionary mechanism. Chance's book is stimulating, interactive, and filled with high-interest queries and examples. Based on the theme that learning is a biological mechanism that aids survival, this book embraces a scientific approach to behavior but is written in a lucid, clear language. The workbook portion of the book requires students to design experiments to test certain questions raised in the textbook. It also asks the students to use graphs to illustrate and summarize key experimental findings. Other exercises require students to apply the material, some of which require a pet, a roommate or a willing friend to complete. Thought questions require students to synthesize the concepts that they find in the text.
Book News Annotation:
This undergraduate textbook introduces the natural science approach to behavior and describes the efforts of researchers to understand the kinds of experiences that produce learning, the circumstances under which learning in one situation carries over to another situation, the effects of different reinforcement schedules, the durability of learned behavior, and the limitations of learning. The fifth edition adds a 150-page workbook at the end of the text. Pages are perforated.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR: ACTIVE LEARNING EDITION, Sixth Edition, is stimulating, interactive, and filled with high-interest queries and examples that will help you succeed in your course. Based on the theme that learning is a biological mechanism that aids survival, this book embraces a scientific approach to behavior but is written in a lucid, clear language that you will find engaging and easy to understand. The workbook, which is included at the back of every text, is like having a built-in study companion! The workbook focuses on the core concepts and vocabulary presented in the text, giving you an opportunity to master the content before your next exam.
About the Author
Paul Chance received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University. He started his career as a school teacher (grades 7-9), and has been an Adjunct Instructor at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and at Salisbury University (Maryland). Formerly, he was Book Review Editor of PSYCHOLOGY TODAY magazine, a senior fellow of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and a member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment advisory board.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Learning to Change. 2. The Study of Learning and Behavior. 3. Pavlovian Conditioning. 4. Pavlovian Applications. 5. Operant Reinforcement. 6. Schedules of Reinforcement. 7. Operant Punishment. 8. Operant Applications and Interpretations. 9. Observational Learning. 10. Generalization, Discrimination, and Stimulus Control. 11. Forgetting. 12. The Limits of Learning.
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