Learning, Cognition & Behavior syllabus, page 1
Learning, Cognition & Behavior (PSYC 104)Summer 2013Instructor:
Olga Lipatovaolipatov@uvm.edu(SUBJECT LINE: Psych 104)
Meeting Time & Location:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 am-11:30 amLocation TBA
: General Psychology (PSYC 001)
This course will examine the behavioral and cognitive principlesunderlying learning, memory, and action inside and outside the laboratory. We willdiscuss conditioning, motivation, biological constraints, and mechanisms ofremembering and forgetting. Some intro to neuroscience will be included so we canthink about how the nervous system accomplishes all of this.In General Psychology (PSYC 001), you learned the basics of this material in a sectionentitled “Learning, Memory, Cognition”. In this part of PSYC 001, you read aboutlearning (“classical conditioning”, “operant/instrumental conditioning”, and “cognitivelearning”), memory (“remembering”, “factors influencing retrieval”, “biology andmemory”, “forgetting”, and “improving memory”), and cognition (“imagery and concepts”,“decision making”, “problem solving”, “language”, and “intelligence”). PSYC 104 will usewhat you learned in this section of PSYC 001 as a jumping-off point. I will re-introducemost of these concepts and attempt to deepen your knowledge of them.We will be discussing both human and non-human animal research in terms of bothlearning and cognition. All too often, “cognition” is equated with human research and“learning” is equated with animal research. In fact, there is quite a bit of research onboth “animal cognition” and “human learning”. I hope to interweave these to show youtwo things: (1) learning and cognition are intimately intertwined; and (2) fundamentalprinciples of learning and cognition may not be so different in humans and non-humananimals. By the end of the course, I hope you will appreciate the depth and complexityof the science underlying what we know (or think we know!) about learning andcognition.
By the end of the course, you should understand the core concepts,theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the experimentalpsychology of learning, memory, and cognition.
Gluck, M.A., Mercado, E., & Myers, C. E. (2013). Learning and Memory:From Brain to Behavior (2nd edition). New York, NY: Worth.
Additional Readings (will be provided by the instructor):
Damasio, A. R. (2006). Remembering when.Foa, E. B. (2011). Prolonged exposure therapy: Past, present, and future.Chapter 12 "Learning and Memory", from An Introduction to BehavioralEndocrinology (3
edition), Randy J. Nelson.