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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2004

PSY 326K • Prins of Condition & Learning

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39960 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ENS 116
DOMJAN, M

Course Description

The course deals with basic ("primitive") forms of learning that are involved in learning emotional and motor movements and relationships between events. The learning principles include habituation, Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, discrimination learning, memory mechanisms, and categorization. The course has a strong behavioral and experimental emphasis. It covers both theory and experimental methodology, with a critical eye to the evidence available to justify particular theoretical interpretations. The basic principles of learning will be illustrated by examples from common experience and from applications in educational and therapeutic situations

Grading Policy

The course will consist of a series of lectures, but students are encouraged to ask questions and offer comments. The information presented in class will follow the textbook on some occasions and expand on the text at other times. Test questions will be based on both the assigned readings and the material covered in class. Two mid-term examinations and a comprehensive final examination will be administered. In addition, students will be required to submit 10 reaction papers out of a maximum of 12 possible.

Texts

Principles of Learning and Behavior, 5th edition, by M. Domjan Wadsworth/Thomson Learning ITP, 2003.

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