Chapter 6: Learning
How does NS learn? How does this pertain to human behavior. 1. What is learning?
Learning is not just acquiring new
Learning does not necessarily involve
Stuff we learn without conious efford.
Conscious effort/work: pysics/dance/read
-Learning involves getting RID of UNWANTED behaivour ie.quitting smoking 1. What is learning?
Learning: an enduring change in the
mechanisms of behavior involving specific
stimuli and or responses that result from
prior experience with similar stimuli and
Not just any kind of change- must retain that change. Touch stove 1, never touch
again (not continue to touch)
Must result from our experience from specific stimulus and response
No mention of conciousness=allows us to test learning on animals/machine 2. Habituation
Habituation: the progressive decrease in
the vigor of an elicited behavior that may
occur with repeated presentations of the
PROBLEM with Learning: consistantly being bombarded by stimulous, can't
respond to all of them. Mus Learn what we can ignore and what we must react to
this is called...habituation
With enough experience you learn to ignore it. ie. Train passing your house, you
no longer notice it.