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1. Introduction. 2. Elicited Behavior, Habituation, and Sensitization. 3. Classical Conditioning: Foundations. 4. Classical Conditioning: Mechanisms. 5. Instrumental Conditioning: Foundations. 6. Schedules of Reinforcement and Choice Behavior. 7. Instrumental Conditioning: Motivational Mechanisms. 8. Stimulus Control of Behavior. 9. Extinction of Conditioned Behavior. 10. Averse Control: Avoidance and Punishment. 11. Comparative Cognition I: Memory Mechanisms. 12. Comparative Cognition II: Special Topics. References.

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Michael Domjan is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Domjan specializes in various areas of learning including animal learning, biological constraints on learning, learning mechanisms in reproductive behavior, and comparative psychology. He has been recognized with the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1993, the G. Stanley Hall Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1995, and election as President of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology of the APA (1999-2000). He is the recipient of numerous grants for research from the National Science Foundation, NIMH, and other agencies and has published more than 100 papers and presented in his area of specialization at more than 115 conventions. He served as editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes for six years and continues to serve on editorial boards of various journals in the United States and other countries. He is a past president of the Pavlovian Society and also served as president of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology of the American Psychological Association. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Psychology at it's depth 28 Nov. 2011
By Once In a life time - Published on Amazon.com
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This book which I read from top to bottom was very very strong. You have to have a strong sense of psychology and what it is about to understand it. It was for a Lab Psychology course for 6 credits when I had to use this book. It has so much information that will be useful to you in the future. Sit quietly and absorb all that you can chapter by chapter because there is much to read.. In experimental lab courses this book can be very beneficial to you..
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wordy, But Informative 12 Oct. 2010
By Alex Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this text for a Learning Psychology course, so the text was quite relevant. Although I only have read about 1/2 to 3/4 of the book, I can attest that the information is useful as a supplement to a class of this nature. Descriptions of experiments are typically thorough, though too often excessive.

As one reviewer noted, the clinical psych focus of the text hardly seems to match the content of the book. It's a bit difficult to describe, but the focus of so many studies cited by Domjan are experimental tests with animals. However, the clinical/drug tests get a disproportionate section in all chapters where their mention is appropriate. To the contrary of the same reviewer, I enjoyed the pictures of researchers mentioned in the text. For anyone interested in the people behind the theory (and that's most of this book's content), seeing the faces behind the research is interesting.

It is also true that the book is too long. Each chapter weighs in at about 50 pages, when 30-35 could have done the job convincingly.

About 2/3 through the book, the jargon will catch up with even the most dedicated reader. It's tough to make it through the final three or four chapters. Where a helping hand was offered at the beginning of Domjan's text, the second half of the book sort of forgets you're in for the ride.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the science behind learning theory. This text does an excellent job of explaining how experiments work and why they show the results purported by their designers.

Four stars is a bit generous for the readability of this book, but superior content pulls the book up.
Five Stars 14 July 2014
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Awesome, thank you!
Hard to read but good material 31 Dec. 2013
By I. Kleiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Material and subjects in this book are very profound and interesting and contemporary.

BUT the style of writing is hard to read, hard to undestand what are the goal of after, and what going on now
Average text book 7 Nov. 2013
By Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
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Average expensive text book required for psych courses. My only real complaint about this book is that my dog found it super tasty and chewed off the corner which made its re-sale value practically nothing.
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