The introductory chapter defines learning and addresses the three psychological domains of learning - behavior, cognition, and emotion. This first chapter also examines the nature of stimuli and responses and compares cognitive versus behavioral approaches to learning. The second chapter explains the scientific process and sheds light on how behavioral research is used to help better understand the learning process.
Subsequent chapters (chapters 3-7) explore forms of learning based primarily on animal models, ranging from classical Pavlovian conditioning to operant conditioning with an emphasis on the related concepts of reinforcement, punishment, scheduling, discrimination, generalization, and transfer. The final chapters (chapters 8-12) focus mostly on human forms of learning, such social learning and language learning. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of evolution, genetics, and adaptation.
Accessible and student-friendly, Learning Learning is ideal for students who are new to the field of study.
Charles Tatum earned his Ph.D. as a research psychologist from the University of New Mexico. He taught for twelve years at Cornell College, serving as chair of the psychology department for seven years. Currently, Dr. Tatum is a full-time faculty member at National University, where he teaches courses in human behavior, and administers the B.S. in Organizational Behavior, and the M.A. in Human Behavior. Dr. Tatum is also a part-time instructor at San Diego State University, where he teaches classes in learning and industrial/organizational psychology. His research interests include organizational psychology, adult education, and accelerated learning. In addition to his career in academia, Dr. Tatum has worked as a researcher for the Navy, and served as a consultant to private and public organizations.