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University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Kate Mulgrew

PSY304: Human Associative Learning Lecture 1 Welcome to Human Associative Learning - Non-human animals predominantly - Behaviourism - Modern clinical psychology based on elements of behaviourism - Kate Mulgrew (consult 10-11am Friday; T2.07) and Odette Norton (consult 3:30-4:30pm Friday; D1.51) - Bring Sniffy to all tutes - Next week and week after not applicable; can buy later! - Companion website for textbook: quizzes to test knowledge - Tutorial notes and lecture slides on BlackBoard - Questions for tutorial activities under learning materials - At least one Sniffy activity in workbook - Lab report: pick behaviour to modify, write up experiment - Only focus on observable, quantifiable data - Actually run plan and experiment - Pre-intervention phase: 7 days - Intervention phase: 7 days - Has to be YOU as subject - New behaviour; increase behaviour; decrease behaviour – whatever Human Associative Learning - Focus on experimental and quasi-experimental designs; strong focus on observable, evidence-based constructs - Behaviourism basis for many modern therapeutic approaches (eg: CBT) - Broad basis for understanding human and non-human behaviour - Classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning What is Learning? - Most human behaviour learnt - “Learning change in behaviour due to experience” (Chance, 2014) - Learning mediates behaviour - Experience  learning  behavioural change - Changes in observable behaviour, that we infer is the result of learning - Learning refers to change in behaviour potential; performance is translation of potential into behaviour - Learning lingers until forgetting, or new behaviour intervenes - Not all behaviour learnt: reflex-actions (eg: sneezing), genetic/innate (eg: breathing) - Imprinting (Konrad Lorenz) - Forming attachments: duckling experiment; attachments to moving objects (eg: wooden box on wheels, humans, animals) Different Kinds of Learning - Learning
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