Behavior theory and learning, selected papers.

Spence, Kenneth W. (Kenneth Wartenbee), 1907-1967 [Browse]
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, 1960.
xii, 403 pages illustrations 22 cm


8vo. rdabf
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliography.
  • Part 1. Operations and theory in psychology
  • The nature of theory construction in contemporary psychology
  • The postulates and methods of "behaviorism"
  • Mathematical formulations of learning phenomena
  • The empiracal basis and theoretical structure of psychology.
  • Part 2. The roles of reinforcement and non-reinforcement in simple learning
  • The relation of response latency and speed to the intervening variables and n in s-r theory
  • A theory of emotionally based drive (d) and its relation to performance in simple learning situations
  • Learning and performance in eyelid conditioning as a function of intensity of the UCS
  • UCS intensity and the associative (habit) strength of the eyelid CR
  • Performance in eyelid conditioning related to changes in muscular tension and physiological measures of emotionality
  • The relation of anxiety (drive) level to performance in competitional and non-competitional paired-associates learning
  • A study of simple learning under irrelevant motivational-reward conditions
  • The order of eliminating blinds in maze learning by the rat
  • Cognitive versus stimulus-response theories of learning.
  • Part 3. The nature of discrimination learning in animals
  • The differential response in animals to stimuli varying within a single dimension
  • Continuous versus non-continuous interpretations of discrimination learning
  • Gradual versus sudden solution of discrimination problems by chimpanzees
  • The basis of solution by chimpanzees of the intermediate size problem
  • The nature of the response in discrimination learning
  • Conceptional models of spatial and non-spatial selective learning.
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