Explore how new behaviours are learnt by examining different types of psychological conditioning.
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Understand the different ways we learn
How do we learn different behaviours? What effect does biology have on our ability to learn new things?
This course explores the psychology of learning, covering famous historical experiments and current learning theories.
You’ll investigate the difference between instinctive and learned behaviours, and the various approaches to how we learn.
Explore classical conditioning and other learning models
You’ll build on your existing knowledge of the famous Pavlov’s Dog experiment as a form of classical conditioning and further explore operant conditioning and observational learning.
Adding these additional structures allows you to consider the impact of positive and negative consequences on learning behaviours, and the extent to which we learn from watching and imitating others.
Investigate the overlap of biological psychology and learning behaviours
Expanding on your knowledge of biological psychology and developmental psychology developed on earlier courses in this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the chance to combine that knowledge with learning theories to find out how biological factors can influence some forms of learning. You’ll also interpret the influence of behaviourism on the study of learning.
- What is learning?
- Classical conditioning
- Operant conditioning
- Observational learning
Who is the course for?
This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology – you don’t need any past experience.
It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in other disciplines and are interested in expanding their science and research skills.