The Essentials of Conditioning and Learning 3rd Edition

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1. Basic Concepts and Definitions. 2. The Structure of Unconditioned Behavior. 3. Habituation and Sensitization. 4. Pavlovian Conditioning: Basic Concepts. 5. Stimulus Relations in Pavlovian Conditioning. 6. Theories of Associative Learning. 7. Instrumental or Operant Conditioning. 8. Schedules of Reinforcement. 9. Theories of Reinforcement. 10. Extinction of Conditioned Behavior. 11. Punishment. 12. Avoidance Learning. 13. Stimulus Control of Behavior. 14. Memory Mechanisms. Glossary.

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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.
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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 3rd edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534574343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534574345
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hakan on February 17, 2004
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Essentials of Conditioning and Learning
by Michael Domjan, provides a concise, current, and sophisticated summary of the essentials of Conditioning and Learning for students and professionals in those areas.
His clear, plain and pleasant English makes even the most complicated and technical subjects understandable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. on June 16, 2011
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This conditioning and learning text is easy to follow. The chapters are concise at approximately 10-15 pages each, and cover the information well. I do not feel that the text is "too technical and wordy," as has been suggested. If you have taken an introductory psychology course (and also, probably, if you haven't), you should have no trouble following the author's course of discussion. As a student, I can say that this text served as a good foundation of conditioning and learning principles that the instructor was able to build upon with journal articles and lab work.
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By P00Pscoop on January 23, 2014
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I could easily imagine a large, 400 page, $250 textbook cover only the information in this book, with a nauseating amount of examples, pretty coloured pictures, and useless script that explains nothing new.
But I don't ever have to read, let alone buy such a thing, because I have this book.

274 pages, including a beginning and end of chapter summary, key questions, an index, and choice diagrams. The book is incredibly small, but the small size does not imply a lack of information.
Domjan writes concisely, which is something I see very rarely in psychology texts, and clearly. He gives excellent examples to elaborate on principles as well as graphs and tables where they are due.

This book is easy to follow, informative, quick, and interesting. Everything I like in a textbook.
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By Shelby Carlos on September 22, 2013
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This school text book got to me in the mail in the perfect amount of time to start school. It does have a lot of markes on the pages from a former owner but otherwise it has all the material I need so it works for me.
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This book was perfect for my class because a student had my teacher before and highlighted our main topics and had helpful comments in the margins. Even though, it was used, it was useful!
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By iPad on February 22, 2013
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V e r y. H a p p y. I t e m w a s a s d e s c r I b e d
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By Eli on September 30, 2014
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Well written book. Concise and informative. Dense at times but nothing superfluous. Small and much lighter than a full textbook.
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