Learning Theory

Learning Theory

Author: Barbara Ludins

This lesson will discuss the components that support learning theorists view that habits (behavior) make up the structure of personality. 

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Terms to Know

Environmental signals that direct different responses.


Any stimulus that impels a person into action.


Learned patterns of behavior coming from drives, cues, responses, and consequences (rewards and punishments).


Negative consequence that decreases the likelihood of a behavior occurring again.


Actions or behavior.


Positive consequence that increases the likelihood of a behavior occurring again.

Social Anxiety

Tend to be nervous around other people and more comfortable alone.

Trait Situation Interaction

Traits are not good predictors of behavior because the environment may have a bigger impact.