PS 345 Learning Theory (3)
This course will include a presentation and examination of the principles of learning upon which behavior modification techniques are based. Classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning are explored in terms of their relation to cognitive, perceptual, social, and developmental learning. Research methods for behavior modification will be detailed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of learning to mental health, health, and educational problems. Students will learn the behavioral treatments for problems such as phobias, depression, overeating, temper tantrums, developmental disabilities, and self-help skills. Discussion of ethics and current issues in learning theory and behavior changes will be included.
Prerequisites: PS 101S.