PSYCO104 Lecture Notes - Habituation, Classical Conditioning, Reflex Arc

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Published on 24 Nov 2011
School
University of Alberta
Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCO104
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Psychology
Chapter 6: Learning
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How does NS learn? How does this pertain to human behavior.
1. What is “learning?”
Learning is not just acquiring new
behaviours.
Learning does not necessarily involve
special training.
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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
responses.
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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
ie.stove=hot
No mention of conciousness=allows us to test learning on animals/machine

Document Summary

How does this pertain to human behavior: what is learning? , learning is not just acquiring new behaviours, learning does not necessarily involve special training. Learning involves getting rid of unwanted behaivour ie. quitting smoking: 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 responses. 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 ie. stove=hot. No mention of conciousness=allows us to test learning on animals/machine: habituation, habituation: the progressive decrease in the vigor of an elicited behavior that may occur with repeated presentations of the eliciting stimulus. 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 calledhabituation.