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The Principles of Learning and Behavior, 7th Edition

  • Michael Domjan University of Texas, Austin
  • ISBN-10: 1285088565  |  ISBN-13: 9781285088563
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2003
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

From habituation, classical conditioning, and instrumental conditioning to stimulus control, aversive control, and their applications to the study of cognition, this learning and behavior textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the elementary forms of learning that have been the focus of research for much of the 20th century. Applications boxes help you understand how findings from animal research relate to human learning and behavior, while neuroscience boxes offer you insights into the brain activity underlying learning.

Features and Benefits

  • The book presents the basic principles of learning and the latest relevant research available in a clear and reader-friendly style. Complex ideas are introduced with analogies and concepts are illustrated with examples from daily life.
  • Each topic is carefully organized, moving from simple to more complex paradigms, concepts, and theories.
  • Chapter outlines, previews, concluding comments, and a glossary of key terms reinforce student learning. In addition, numerous figures and illustrations enhance understanding, particularly for visual learners.

Table of Contents

1. Background and Rationale for the Study of Learning and Behavior.
2. Elicited Behavior, Habituation, and Sensitization.
3. Classical Conditioning: Foundations.
4. Classical Conditioning: Mechanisms.
5. Instrumental Conditioning: Foundations.
6. Schedules of Reinforcement and Choice Behavior.
7. Instrumental Conditioning: Motivational Mechanisms.
8. Stimulus Control of Behavior.
9. Extinction of Conditioned Behavior.
10. Aversive Control: Avoidance and Punishment.
11. Comparative Cognition I: Memory Mechanisms.
12. Comparative Cognition II: Special Topics.

What's New

  • A neuroscience box has been added to each chapter. These new boxes have been organized by Professor James Grau (Professor of Psychology and Faculty of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University) to tell a coherent and progressively unfolding story throughout the book of the neuroscience of learning. Topics include eyeblink conditioning and the search for the engram (Ch. 3), learned helplessness (Ch. 5), hippocampal function and long-term potentiation (Ch. 8), genes and learning (Ch. 11), and the neurobiology of time (Ch. 12). This material can easily be omitted if preferred.
  • In addition to updated information about the neuroscience of learning and memory, new research on aspects of basic learning phenomena dictated numerous changes in this edition. For instance, there's new information on habit formation and automatic processing, epigenetic influences on behavior, pathological fear and post-traumatic stress disorder, voucher-based programs for the treatment of substance abuse, self-control, ways to enhance extinction, memory mechanisms, and various special topics in comparative cognition.
  • Chapter 3, "Classical Conditioning: Foundations," includes new emphasis on Pavlovian conditioning as a modification of the response to the unconditioned stimulus. This unique discussion represents one of the cutting edge new perspectives on Pavlovian conditioning.
  • Chapter 4, "Classical Conditioning: Mechanisms," contains an updated section on latent inhibition that emphasizes its link to schizophrenia as well as to the discussion of higher-order conditioning and sensory preconditioning. A revised section on the Rescorla-Wagner model more clearly explains its relevance to error-correction mechanisms in robotics.
  • Chapter 5, "Instrumental Conditioning: Foundations," provides a new example of behavior in a T-maze, illustrating how the T-maze can be used to study whether rat pups can learn where their mother is located. The chapter also includes new example of the conditioning of variable responding (using human participants rather than lab rats) and an updated boxed feature on the detrimental effects of reward.
  • Chapter 6, "Schedules of Reinforcement and Choice Behavior," includes a revised section on self-control with new human examples and figures.
  • Chapter 7, "Instrumental Conditioning: Motivational Mechanisms," is updated with discussions of the associative structure of instrumental conditioning, including new references to both behavioral and neuroscience studies. It also includes expanded and updated discussion of response allocation, behavioral economics, and S–O and R–O associations in drug addiction.
  • Chapter 8, "Stimulus Control of Behavior," has a new section on stimulus equivalence that clarifies the material, including new references and a newly designed diagram of common response training.
  • Chapter 9, "Extinction of Conditioned Behavior," includes an expanded section on enhancing extinction, reflecting the great deal of interest in this topic, especially from a translational research standpoint.
  • Chapter 10, "Aversive Control: Avoidance and Punishment," features an expanded and updated section on predatory imminence, including human behavioral and neurobiological research. There's also a new section on the expectancy theory of avoidance, in light of recent human research emphasizing this theory.
  • Chapter 11, "Comparative Cognition I: Memory Mechanisms," includes a discussion of the role of reward magnitude in controlling remembering. It also features new examples and figures to highlight recent research showing that the brain mechanisms of imagining the future are similar to those of remembering the past.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Domjan

Michael Domjan is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Domjan specializes in various areas of learning including animal learning, biological constraints on learning, learning mechanisms in reproductive behavior, and comparative psychology. He has been recognized with the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1993, the G. Stanley Hall Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1995, and election as President of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology of the APA (1999-2000). He is the recipient of numerous grants for research from the National Science Foundation, NIMH, and other agencies and has published more than 100 papers and presented in his area of specialization at more than 115 conventions. He served as editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes for six years and continues to serve on editorial boards of various journals in the United States and other countries. He is a past president of the Pavlovian Society and also served as president of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology of the American Psychological Association.