What are Learning Theories in Psychology


What are Learning Theories in Psychology?

  • Learning theories examine the effects of environmental processes (nurture) in the shaping of behaviour.
  • Learning theories state that we are born as a blank slate "tabula rasa" and look at the impact of experience on our behaviour.
  • Learning theories focus on learning through consequences (operant conditioning), association (classical conditioning) and observation and imitation (social learning theory)
  • Learning theories believe that scientific methods of study are important to establish a cause and effect via observable phenomena.
  • Learning theories often study animals in order to extrapolate findings to humans to indicate the basic premise on which we behave.
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