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PSY 322 : Learning and Memory

Course Description

In this course, students will explore historical, traditional, and contemporary literature on learning and memory and the biological basis of learning and memory. Areas of theory covered will include: classical/respondent conditioning, instrumental/operant conditioning, and social learning theory with attention to clinical, counseling, and educational applications.

Prerequisites

  • PSY 101: Psychology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Learn and demonstrate mastery over the basic facts and research findings, historic influences, terminology, principles, and theories essential to understanding the psychology of learning and memory.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the processes involved in the neurobiology of learning, attention and working memory.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of behaviorist theories of conditioning and learning, including classical conditioning, and operant conditioning, and an understanding of the social learning theory
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural and gender differences in human behavior.
  5. Analyze current issues and controversies in the psychology of learning and memory.
  6. Discover ways to apply psychological findings to everyday life, including school, work, relationships, and clinical settings

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Research Paper

25%

General Discussions

37.5%

Group Discussions

37.5%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Terry, W.S. (2009). Learning and Memory: Basic Principles, Processes, and Procedures (4th edition). Pearson Education. ISBN: 0205658628

Recommended Additional Resources

  • Bandura, A. (l977). Social learning theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Beck, R. (1990). Motivation theories and principles. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • LefranHois, G. (2000). Theories of human learning: What the old man said (4th ed.). Belmont, CA:Wadsworth.
  • Martin, G. & Pear, J. (l998). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (6th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Pettijohn, T. F., Ed. (1997). Sources: Notable selections in psychology. (2nd ed.). Guilford, CT: Dushkin Publishing Group.
  • Skinner, B. F. (l953). Science and human behavior. New York: Free Press.
  • Skinner, B. F. (1976, 1948). Walden Two Reissued. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.

Course Schedule

Week

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

Introduction

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

2

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2: Habituation and Other Forms of Simple Stimulus Learning
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

3

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Classical Conditioning
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

4

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4: Instrumental Conditioning Reward
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

5

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: Instrumental Conditioning:  Nonreward, Punishment, and Avoidance
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit topic & brief outline of paper for approval

7

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6: Verbal Learning
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

8

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Human Memory: Conceptual Approaches
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

9

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: Short Term Retention
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

10

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: Encoding
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

11

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: Storage & Retrieval
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

12

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11: Spatial, Motor-Skill, and Implicit Learning
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

13

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12: Individual Differences in Learning and Memory
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

14

  • Readings:
    • Review chapters 6-12
    • Kolb and Sternberg – Learning Styles
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Final Paper

15

  • Final thoughts on the application of theories of learning and memory in the domains of education, the workplace, interpersonal relationships (family and other relationships), and the clinical practice of psychology
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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