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PSYC3011: Learning and Behaviour

This unit addresses the fundamental concepts and more important research findings related to contemporary theories of associative learning in animals and humans. It examines the application of such fundamental research to issues such as drug use and food choice. It is designed to foster skills in reading primary sources in this area, and provide the opportunity for hands-on experience in carrying out a research project.

Code PSYC3011
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
(PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2010 or PSYC2910 or PSYC2015 or PSYC2915) and PSYC2012

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. gain an in-depth knowledge of the history of comparative psychology from Darwin to contemporary learning theory
  • LO2. understand contemporary learning theory and its application to the analysis of behavior in laboratory and applied settings
  • LO3. gain knowledge of basic conditioning phenomena and an understanding of the necessary and sufficient conditions to produce them
  • LO4. develop skills in designing, conducting, interpreting experimental research in associative learning
  • LO5. develop skills in critically evaluating research, theory, and their application
  • LO6. gain an understanding of how basic learning principles can be applied to clinical, health and other issues in human behavior.