Learning and Adaptive Behavior

ISBN-10: 0534342264
ISBN-13: 9780534342265
Edition: 2002
Authors: Jerome Frieman
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Book details

List price: $166.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 11/13/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Current research on conditioning and learning reflects three themes: a methodological behavioral theme that focuses on how certain experiences lead to changes in behavior, a cognitive theme that focuses on how experiences are represented in memory, and an evolutionary/adaptive behavior theme that focuses on the various kinds of learning as adaptive specializations that evolved through the mechanism of natural selection. These themes are interwoven to present an integrated and coherent account of our current state of knowledge in the area. The evolutionary/adaptive behavior theme is the central theme within which the cognitive and behavioral themes are developed here.

Prologue
Where Learning Fits into the Big Picture
Learning to Predict Important Events
The Procedures and Phenomena We Call Pavlovian Conditioning
Pavlovian Conditioning Is an Inference Task
Identifying the Predictors of Significant Events
The Representations of Knowledge in Pavlovian Conditioning
From Knowledge to Behavior: The Forms and Functions of Pavlovian Conditioned Responses
Learning About Consequences of One's Behavior
The Procedures and Phenomena We Call Operant Conditioning
How Individuals Adjust Their Behavior to Meet the Demands of the Situation
Adjusting to Schedules of Partial Reinforcement
Life Is About Making Choices
Inference and the Representations of Knowledge in Operant Conditioning
The Similarities Between Operant Conditioning and Natural Selection
The Social Transmission of Knowledge
Social Learning
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Photo Credits
Author Index
Subject Index

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