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17 April 2009 0495804614 978-0495804611 International ed
This active learning edition includes a new, built-in workbook that provides examples and exercises to help students practice and remember what they read in the text. In addition, students read graphs and make their own interpretations of what the information yields about behavior. Each exercise begins with a short lesson, and then has short assignments that range from 1 minute to 30 minutes worth of work-some are short answer, some are projects, and some are more involved. The workbook also incorporates students exercises for Sniffy the Virtual Rat, Version 2.0. Known for its currency and clear writing style, "Principles of Learning and Behavior, International Edition" provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to elementary forms of learning that have been the focus of research for much of the twentieth century. The book covers habituation, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, stimulus control, aversive control, and their applications to the study of cognition and to the alleviation of behavior problems. Biological constraints on learning are integrated throughout the text, as are applications boxes that relate animal research to human learning and behavior. The book closely reflects the field of research it represents in terms of topics covered, theories discussed, and experimental paradigms described.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Wordy, But Informative 12 Oct 2010
By Alex Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
By DeeDee - Published on Amazon.com
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2.0 out of 5 stars Learn Psychology and How NOT to Write a Textbook 20 April 2014
By P. Phan - Published on Amazon.com
I never write reviews for textbooks, but I just had to for this one. Psychology books are often dull and dry, and this one is no exception-- what takes this above and beyond (or maybe, below and to Hell) is Domjan's fundamental misunderstanding of how to use metaphors. You will often find paragraphs-long metaphors that do not advance your understanding. It feels like he started writing a metaphor and was so satisfied with it that he decided to write as much as he possibly could. Just some examples:

"The behavioral psychologist is like a driver who tries to find out about an experimental car by taking it out for a test drive instead of first looking under the hood."

What follows is two paragraphs of what that might entail, including how one might ascertain a car does not have a powerful engine, whether or not it has brakes, etc.

One more example:

"Consider the act of sitting at your desk. Even such a simple situation involves a myriad of sensations."

What follows is a list of examples, including "the color... of the paint on the walls", your desk, the act of sitting on it, etc. Then, another paragraph with a grandfather clock as an example, and then one more with driving. Three paragraphs (an entire page) to explain to you that situations have a lot of sensations.

These isolated examples were picked at random from just the first two chapters. What a drag.

If you skip the metaphors, though, then you'll find just another college psychology textbook. There are no interesting illustrations; only pictures of scientists, diagrams, and graphs. It is readable, and about as understandable as any other-- it's a bit dense, but a quiet room and some good concentration is all that you'll need.

At the end of every chapter, you'll find sample questions and "concluding comments", which are more the author's comments than a real summary of the chapter. You'll also find key terms, so, once again, standard textbook fare. There's also worksheets in the back of the book, but without provided answers it may not be too useful as a exam study tool. Ironically, this textbook on learning does not try too hard to make sure the students learn. It's more like a vehicle/excuse for Mr. Domjan to write as much long-winded metaphor as his heart could ever desire.

- Though wordy, concepts are expressed well enough

- Author loves metaphors; will write paragraphs-long metaphors for the simplest of concepts
- Dense in text; no interesting illustrations
- Not much in the way of guided study
3.0 out of 5 stars 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
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