- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (July 29, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 053456156X
- ISBN-13: 978-0534561567
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Principles of Learning and Behavior 5th Edition
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"The author has added many interesting new and modern theoretical approaches without compromising the older theories within the context of the data available at the time."
"Domjan's book is extraordinarily well organized. He has taken this work through several revisions, and his efforts have paid off. … Domjan succeeds at providing brief, clear descriptions of most of the important approaches to the principles of learning."
"Excellent narrative style, very readable. It is by far the best for my students." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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) (1993), the G. Stanley Hall Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) (1995), and election as President of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology of the APA (1999-2000). He is the recipients of 16 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.
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Admittedly the reading can be dense, and difficult to get through, but I feel this is because the subject matter is dense and complicated. One thing I have found with basic learning theory is that it is much like formal logic, with a cursory examination, many people feel it is straightforward and simple. But once one begins to deal with the `meat' of the subject, and attempts to understand the implications, exceptions, strengths and weaknesses of the topic, then the feeling of simplicity quickly disappears. It is at this point that one will find people either love the topic and want to know more, or they are put off and either blame their dislike for the topic on the presentation or the material itself. In case it is not obvious, I am one of the former types, and continue to enjoy the broader implications of learning theory, the rigor of the arguments involved and the breadth of explanatory power I see in this filed.
This leads me to one final point. I feel the author does an excellent job of relating the basic principals he discusses to real life examples. In particular the chapter on language provides an excellent source for class discussion, informed debate and application of the theoretical mechanisms presented in the first half of the book.