This course concerns the study of learning from the most basic associationistic ideas to complex cognitive behaviors such as problem solving and thinking. Various ideas regarding the nature of the mind are presented along with the fundamental concepts of learning and conditioning. Strengths and weaknesses of the memory system are discussed as they relate to higher cognitive processes such as language, problem solving, and eyewitness identification. Neurophysiological correlates of cognitive phenomena and memory disorders are also discussed.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Introduction to Learning and Cognition
- Define learning and its behavioral components.
- Identify key theorists behind Behaviorist, Cognitive, and Connectionist approaches to learning.
- Differentiate among Behaviorist, Cognitive, and Connectionist approaches to learning.
Classical and Operant Conditioning
- Compare the different styles of learning.
- Define classical and operant conditioning.
- Contrast Pavlov’s and Skinner's theories on conditioning.
Social Learning Theory and Memory & Emotional Influences on Learning
- Analyze the emotional influence on learning.
- Describe Social Learning Theory.
- Explain Observational Learning.
- Define episodic and semantic memory.
- Compare the three stages of memory.
- Analyze the impact of social media on memory.
Aging and Cognition
- Describe the effects Alzheimer's has on cognition.
- Apply learning theories to a learning process in a real-world situation.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
PSY/203 - Foundations of Psychology or equivalent
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