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Week Two/August 26, 2010

Awareness and Learning

Identify processes related to sensing and perceiving information from the environment. •Describe factors that influence states of human consciousness. •Distinguish between different types of learning.

Course Assignments


Read Ch. 4–6 of the text.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

2.Individual Assignment: Critical and Creative Thinking Questions I

Resources: Visualizing Psychology
Read questions 1, 2, & 4 located in Critical and Creative Thinking Questions in Chapter 4 of Visualizing Psychology. •Answer each question in at least 50 words.

3.Individual Assignment: Learning Experience Paper PowerPoint and Presentation

Create and present a 10 to 15 slide PowerPoint Presentation describing a single, informal learning experience you have had.

oYou may include a time when you learned to fear something, love something, hate something, or to accomplish a task.

oYou may describe, for example, how you became afraid of heights, why a particular food or smell moves you emotionally, or why you dislike elevators. The experience must be concrete and can be a singular experience or an experience that occurred over a longer period.

Describe the experience by applying learning theories to the steps involved in the learning experience. Be sure to include the following in your paper:

oIdentify what you learned from the experience or experiences.

oDescribe how your learning could have occurred through classical conditioning. Identify the unconditioned stimulus, the unconditioned response, the conditioned stimulus, and the conditioned response.

oExplain how your learning could have occurred through operant conditioning. Describe the behavior, consequence, and reinforcement. Indicate the schedule of reinforcement, if applicable.

oAddress how your learning could have occurred through cognitive-social learning.

oDiscuss the influences of...
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