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AP Psychology Unit VI:  Learning

AP Psychology Unit VI: Learning

Author: Leah Kurtz

Distinguish general differences between principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning (e.g., contingencies).

Describe basic classical conditioning phenomena, such as acquisition, extinction, spontaneous recovery, generalization, discrimination, and higher-order learning.

Predict the effects of operant conditioning (e.g., positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, punishment, schedules of reinforcement).

Predict how practice, schedules of reinforcement, and motivation will influence quality of learning.

Interpret graphs that exhibit the results of learning experiments.

Provide examples of how biological constraints create learning predispositions.

Describe the essential characteristics of insight learning, latent learning, and social learning.

Apply learning principles to explain emotional learning, taste aversion, superstitious behavior, and learned helplessness.

Suggest how behavior modification, biofeedback, coping strategies, and self control can be used to address behavioral problems.

Identify key contributors in the psychology of learning (e.g., Albert Bandura, John Garcia, Ivan Pavlov, Robert Rescorla, B. F. Skinner, Edward Thorndike, Edward Tolman, John B. Watson).

In this unit, you will view the video and PowerPoint, then take a short quiz to assess your understanding of the materials.

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Crash Course: How to Train a Brain

Crash Course Psychology is a great YouTube channel with short videos providing overviews of topics we will discuss this year.

Source: Crash Course Psychology

Crash Course: The Bobo Beatdown

Crash Course Psychology is a great YouTube channel with short videos providing overviews of topics we will discuss this year.

Source: Crash Course Psychology



Sheldon Conditions Penny

Sheldon uses operant conditioning principles to condition Penny.

Source: The Big Bang Theory

Unit VI: Research Article

Throughout A.P. Psychology, you will have the opportunity to apply course content to various Research Studies that have occurred throughout the history of Psychology. After reading each assigned research study, you will be required to respond/react to the following questions via

1. Provide background information of the study at hand. Who was/were the researcher(s) involved in this study? What question(s) were they attempting to answer? What were their hypotheses/theories?

2. Describe the researchers’ methods. How did they test their hypothesis?

3. What were the results of this study?

4. What were the researchers’ conclusions? Was their hypothesis correct? How so?

5. In what ways were their findings significant?

6. Discuss recent applications of this study. If you were asked to modify this study in some way, how would you go about doing so?


Source: 40 Studies that Changed Psychology