Kenneth D. Lewis
December 19 2010
Learning is a psychological behavior that is considered by most to be fundemental to human
development. Learning is a relitively permanent change in behavior brought about by experience
(Feldman, 2009 p. 177). This paper will discus behavior, cognitive, and developmental psycological
theories to learning. It will also interpret the different psychological theories to learning and will anayze
and illustrate the essential understanding of normal and abnormal psychology in regards to the learning
process. As learnig has been recognized as fundemental to human development it is important to study
the different approaches that are employed in any learning environment. The Study of learning has been
at the core of psychological study since its beginning (Feldman, 2009 p.177).
Behavioral psychology, also known as behaviorism, is a theory of learning based on the idea that
all ideas are based on conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment.
According to behavioral psychology, behavior can be observed in a systematic and observable manner
with no connsideration of internal mental states (Cherry, 2010). From a psychological stand point it is
clear that humans are ready to learn from an early age. When we are young we show signs of a primitive
type of learning called habituation, which is a decrease in response to a stimulus that occurs after repeated
presentation of the same stimulus (Feldman, 2009 p.177). For example, a young child may show signs of
stimulus in regards to a toy however, over a time they may loose interest in the stimulus after seeing the
same toy over and over. Habituation also permits us to ignor things that have stopped providing new
information (Feldman, 2009 p.177).
“Behaviorists are most concerned with actions that are observable. Traditionally, they have
believed that... [continues]
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