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The Essentials of Conditioning and Learning [Paperback]

Michael P. Domjan
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June 10, 2004 0534574343 978-0534574345 3rd
Written by Michael Domjan, one of the top researchers in the field, this concise and accessible text quickly guides students through key topics. Domjan summarizes contemporary perspectives and makes research results understandable. This book is perfect for professors and students who want an accurate account of learning and conditioning--the "essentials"--without excessive detail.

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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3rd edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534574343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534574345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up! February 17, 2004
By Hakan
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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By Paul S.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative January 23, 2014
By Kyla
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars school text book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology Textbook July 14, 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
The book arrived 2 weeks earlier than the proposed date. However, the book came dented on the front cover. Luckily the book is still useable and readable.
Published 22 months ago by Rachael
2.0 out of 5 stars review
arrived really fast. the cover had been taped back on and all of the pages were falling out, which i do not consider to be good or acceptable condition.
Published on September 8, 2010 by lizzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Why make it easy, when you can have it complicated?
I'm somewhat familiar with the terms, but this author is so obsessed with making
it all sound and be more complicated then it needs to be that it makes reading
this... Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by C
3.0 out of 5 stars not enough real life examples
This book is hard to follow, as it is densely loaded with technical jargon with not enough 'scaffolding' or contextual information to aid one in understanding it. Read more
Published on November 20, 2006 by Biggie Man - savior of the universe!
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for concise information without the wordiness
For those individuals who have a passion for cognitive psychology and its technical language, this is the book for you. Read more
Published on February 15, 2001 by burning_chrome
1.0 out of 5 stars The Essentials of Conditioning and Learning
Not a good book, anyone who is interested in behaviorism and conditioning should purchase John & Janice Baldwin's book 'Behavior Principles in Everyday Life. Read more
Published on August 10, 2000
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