The aim of this unit is to outline the basic learning mechanisms that allow us to organise our behaviour and adapt to our environment. One of the essential ingredients for successful organisation and adaptation is the capacity to anticipate impending events so that we can plan appropriate actions. In addition, we must respond to the effects of our behaviour on our environments. Learning about the consequences of our actions allows us to adapt our behaviour to produce advantageous outcomes.
Without the ability to anticipate and adapt, we would not, for example, be able to learn to avoid unpleasant and potentially harmful events, nor would we know which of our actions produced pleasant or beneficial effects. This course aims to introduce students to current debates on the psychological mechanisms of learning and examples of the application of learning theory to applied problems.
Pre-requisites: PSYC1016 AND PSYC1017 or equivalent
Pre-requisites: PSYC1016 AND PSYC1017