This text explores the core principles of learning and memory in a clear, reader-friendly style, covering animal learning and human memory in a balanced fashion. A strong emphasis on practical applications to the college student's everyday life is evident in examples throughout, such as the correlation between caffeine consumption and grade point average (Chapter 1), approach/avoidance coping for upcoming and completed exams (Chapter 5), and retrograde amnesia in football players (Chapter 7). The relationship between the fields of neuropsychology and learning and memory is also stressed throughout. There are new sections on neuroscience and education, perceptual learning, and the amnesic patient H.M., as well as new material on anxiety and learning, working memory, and childhood amnesia. The third edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and has been freshened throughout with more relevant examples and better graphics.
Each chapter includes “Introduction,” “Summary,” and “Box.”
The Origins of the Study of Learning.
The Definition of Learning.
The Learning/Performance Distinction.
The Relationship between the Terms “Learning” and “Memory.”
Basic and Applied Research.
Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Learning.
2. Habituation and Other Forms of Simple Stimulus Learning.
The Orienting Response.
Explanations of Habituation.
Other Effects of Stimulus Exposure.
3. Classical Conditioning.
The Definition of Classical Conditioning.
Methods of Studying Classical Conditioning.
Basic Phenomena of Conditioning.
The Role of Contiguity.
Other Factors Affecting Conditioning.
What Is Learned in Classical Conditioning?
Extensions of Conditioning.
Applications of Conditioning.
4. Instrumental Learning: Reward.
Definition and History.
Methods of Study.
Reinforcement Variables Affecting Acquisition.
Theories of Reinforcement.
Is Reinforcement Necessary for Learning?
Conscious Awareness in Human Instrumental Learning.
Criticisms of the Use of Reinforcement.
Discriminative Stimulus Control.
What Is Learned in Instrumental Conditioning?
5. Instrumental Conditioning: Nonreward, Punishment, and Avoidance.
Defining the Contingencies: Nonreward, Punishment, and Avoidance.
Applications of Aversive Learning Contingencies.
6. Verbal Learning.
The Ebbinghaus Legacy.
Available Versus Accessible Memories.
Relationships Among the Verbal-Learning Tasks.
7. Human Memory: Conceptual Approaches.
Components of Memory Approach.
Stages of Memory.
8. Short-Term Retention.
Short-Term Memory Tasks.
Characteristics of Verbal Short-Term Retention.
Other Modalities of Short-Term Memory.
Is There Really a Separate STM?
Separating Encoding from Retrieval.
Some Basic Variables in Encoding.
10. Storage and Retrieval.
Remembering to Remember.
Metamemory and Partial Retrieval.
Retrieval versus Reconstruction.
11. Spatial, Motor-Skill, and Implicit Learning.
12. Individual Differences in Learning and Memory.
The Nature of Nurture: The Genetics of Learning Ability.
Age Differences in Learning and Memory.
Exceptional Memory: The Mnemonists.
Gender and Cognitive Abilities.
Personality and Learning.
Social and Cultural Differences.