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Michael E. Young & Edward A. Wasserman

In: Handbook of Cognition

Chapter 6: Theories of Learning

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Theories of Learning
Theories of learning
Michael E.Young, Edward A.Wasserman

In the two fields of learning and of motivation will be worked out the basic theory that will eventually make the science of psychology a much more powerful instrument than it now is. When we are able to state the general principles which govern human learning we shall have the most important tool needed for the prediction and control of human behavior. (Guthrie, 1946: 3)

Our remarkable capacity for learning is arguably the single factor that elevates humanity to its commanding position in the animal kingdom. Our ability to learn appears limitless–people can learn languages, mathematics, music, electronics, world history and basketball to a degree that goes well beyond what any other species can achieve. Although our manual ...

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