Since its first edition, An Introduction to Theories of Learning has provided a uniquely sweeping review of the major learning theories from the 20th century that profoundly influenced the field of psychology. In this tenth edition, the authors present further experimental evidence that tests many of the fundamental ideas presented in these classic theories, as well as explore many of the advances in psychological science and neuroscience that have yielded greater insight into the processes that underlie learning in human beings and animals.

The four main goals of this text are to define learning and to show how the learning process is studied (Chapters 1 and 2), to place learning theory in historical perspective (Chapter 3), and to present essential features of the major theories of learning with implications for educational practices (Chapters 4 through 16). The authors retained the best features of earlier editions while making revisions that reflect current research and scholarship, including coverage of active learning and the testing effect, information for problem solving in ravens, data illustrating the neurobiological basis of the cognitive map and spatial learning, new research on brain plasticity and its role in learning as well as the impact of poverty on brain and cognitive development, and new evidence that challenges the notion of learning styles.

Complete with chapter summaries, discussion questions, glossary, and online resources for instructors, this text is essential reading for theories of learning and applied cognitive psychology courses.

part I|53 pages

Introduction to Learning

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages

What is Learning?

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Approaches to the Study of Learning

chapter Chapter 3|23 pages

Early Notions about Learning

part II|106 pages

Predominantly Functionalistic Theories

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

Edward Lee Thorndike

chapter Chapter 5|45 pages

Burrhus Frederic Skinner

chapter Chapter 6|34 pages

Clark Leonard Hull

part III|99 pages

Predominantly Associationistic Theories

chapter Chapter 7|44 pages

Ivan Petrovich Pavlov

chapter Chapter 8|24 pages

Edwin Ray Guthrie

chapter Chapter 9|25 pages

William Kaye Estes

part IV|111 pages

Predominantly Cognitive Theories

chapter Chapter 10|29 pages

Gestalt Theory

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Jean Piaget

chapter Chapter 12|26 pages

Edward Chace Tolman

chapter Chapter 13|31 pages

Albert Bandura

part V|36 pages

A Predominantly Neurophysiological Theory

chapter Chapter 14|34 pages

Donald Olding Hebb

part VI|33 pages

An Evolutionary Theory

chapter Chapter 15|31 pages

Robert C. Bolles and Evolutionary Psychology

part VII|12 pages


chapter Chapter 16|10 pages

A Final Word