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COURSE NUMBER: PSYC 465
COURSE TITLE: Learning and Memory
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Leanne Willson
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines how behavior is affected by experience (learning) and how organisms retain those experiences so that they can affect behavior in the future (memory). Theories of learning, such as classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and imitation, are discussed as well as mechanisms for storing and retrieving learned information. Through lectures and laboratory experiences, students will engage in and challenge the methods and logic of these areas of psychology.

Prerequisites: PSYC 250 or 251 and 301; Corequisite: PSYC 302
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Powell, R. A., Symbaluk, D. G., & Honey, P. L. (2009). Introduction to learning and behavior, 3nd Ed. Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Major Assignment25%
Midterm Exams (2)40%
Final Exam35%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:At the successful completion of this course the student:
  1. will be familiar with the historical and currently understood bases of behavioural psychology, learning and memory and;
  2. will be able to think critically about the theories of learning and memory, and will have considered the integration of these theories with a Christian worldview.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to Learning, Behaviour, and Methods
  • Elicited Behaviour
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning: Reinforcement & Punishment
  • Extinction and Stimulus Control
  • Further Topics in Learning: Choice, Self Control, Observational Learning
  • Memory: Topics will include STM (and working mem), LTM and Biology of LTM, Problems with Memory (Forgetting, retrieval issues, amnesias).
  • Reflections on Learning & Memory


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