Learning Theories


The field of learning theory provides some of the most important, exciting and practical knowledge in psychology. To possess knowledge of how people learn is to possess power, for through that knowledge the learner’s behaviour can be modified. The mother teaching her children social skills, the teacher educating the pupils, the hospital staff member trying to modify a patient’s attitude to his illness all require an insight into the principles that govern learning.


Conditioned Stimulus Unconditioned Stimulus Conditioned Response Classical Conditioning Operant Conditioning 
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Further Reading

  1. Bolles, R.C. (1975). Learning Theory (London: Holt, Rinehart and Winston)Google Scholar
  2. Hall, J. (1989). Learning and Memory (London: Allyn and Bacon)Google Scholar
  3. Hergenhahn, B. (1988). An Introduction to Theories of Learning (London: Prentice Hall)Google Scholar
  4. Hilgard, E. and Bower, G. (1975). Theories of Learning (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall)Google Scholar
  5. Rachlin, H. (1970). Introduction to Modern Behaviourism (San Francisco: Freeman)Google Scholar

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