This course will focus on exploring historical, traditional, and contemporary literature on learning and memory, as well as 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. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the processes involved in the neurobiology of learning, attention and working memory.
- Demonstrate an understanding of behaviorist theories of conditioning and learning, including classical conditioning, and operant conditioning, and an understanding of the social learning theory
- Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural and gender differences in human behavior.
- Analyze current issues and controversies in the psychology of learning and memory.
- Discover ways to apply psychological findings to everyday life, including school, work, relationships, and clinical settings
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
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.
Readings and Exercises
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