Learning

  • David A. Statt
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Abstract

When a human infant comes into the world to start life, he or she is not very well equipped for the journey. Unlike many animal infants, a human baby is completely helpless for a relatively long period of time, and for several years is physically dependent on adults for sheer survival. Contrast this with several species of birds that start to get about and forage for themselves shortly after they are born, for example chickens. However, while the baby bird will grow up to do not a lot more than getting about and foraging, our human baby may grow up to be Billie Holliday or Sigmund Freud.

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Further Reading

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  4. Robertson, T. and H. H. Kassarjian (eds), Handbook of Consumer Behavior (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1991). The authoritative source of concepts and theories of consumer behaviour. The 1991 edition contains some useful articles on the application of conditioning and other learning theories.Google Scholar

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