Higher Education


Learning and Behavior, Seventh Edition

Author(s): Paul Chance

ISBN: 9789355732248

7th Edition

Copyright: 2014

India Release: 2022


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 465

Trim Size: 241 x 181 mm

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LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR, Seventh Edition, is stimulating 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 clear, engaging, and easy-to-understand language

  • Updated content. The reference list includes over 100 items dated 2011 or later.
  • New topics, including evaluative conditioning, asocial observational learning, computer-based VRET, progressive schedules, and constraint-induced movement therapy, among others.
  • More studies are cited to document findings, especially those that are counterintuitive or controversial, such as that learning sometimes occurs without awareness of the contingencies involved.
  • New applications, including the use of Pavlovian and operant procedures for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of medical disorders.
  • The Miller–Dollard theory of observational learning has been replaced with a generic operant learning model.
  • Increased emphasis on the role of context in forgetting, and the idea that forgetting may be largely a matter of stimulus control, a view taken by increasing numbers of psychologists.
  • Footnotes are replaced by brief marginal notes that students are more likely to read

Chapter 1 Introduction: Learning to Change

Chapter 2 The Study of Learning and Behavior

Chapter 3 Pavlovian Conditioning

Chapter 4 Pavlovian Applications

Chapter 5 Operant Learning: Reinforcement

Chapter 6 Reinforcement: Beyond Habit

Chapter 7 Schedules of Reinforcement

Chapter 8 Operant Learning: Punishment

Chapter 9 Operant Applications

Chapter 10 Observational Learning

Chapter 11 Generalization, Discrimination, and Stimulus Control

Chapter 12 Forgetting

Chapter 13 The Limits of Learning

Paul Chance

Dr. Paul Chance received his Ph.D. in psychology from Utah State University. In addition to teaching at Salisbury University in Maryland, Dr. Chance has served as an adjunct instructor at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He started his career as a school teacher, teaching grades 7-9, before moving to the college level. Dr. Chance has also worked as Book Review Editor for Psychology Today magazine. He is a senior fellow of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and a member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment advisory board.