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Understand the different ways we learn
How do people learn different behaviours? How does biology affect our ability to learn new things?
On this course you will answer these questions and others, exploring the psychology of learning. You will consider the difference between learned and instinctive behaviours and approaches to how we learn - for instance, you’ve probably heard of Pavlov and his dog, an example of classical conditioning. But you’ll also learn about operant conditioning (learning behaviours based on positive or negative consequences), and observational learning (watching other people and imitating their behaviour).
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Discuss the term 'learning'.
- Interpret the influence of behaviourism on the study of learning.
- Explain the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning.
- Identify the role of classical and/or operant conditioning in a real-world situation.
- Explain how biological factors can influence some forms of learning.
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 degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
What topics will you cover?
- What is learning?
- Classical conditioning
- Operant conditioning
- Observational learning
Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy
I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.
Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years, the University has become Australia’s largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia’s most prestigious research-intensive universities.
Monash is a global university possessing the ambition and ability to address momentous global challenges. It has campuses in Australia, China, Malaysia and South Africa as well as an education centre in Italy, and major partnerships with universities in the UK and India. For more information, visit www.monash.edu
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