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The Behavioral Learning Tradition

Chapter 6 the behavioral learning tradition

“What is love except another name for the use of positive reinforcement?”

—B. F. Skinner (1904–1990), American psychologist

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the main principles and historical contexts of the behavioral learning tradition
  • Explain why early comparative psychologists linked animal and human behavior
  • Discuss the principles of reflexology and conditioned reflexes
  • Identify Watson’s three founding principles of behaviorism
  • Discuss Holt’s and Tolman’s findings on molar responses and purposive or operational behaviorism
  • Discuss Skinner’s principles of operant conditioning
  • Discuss Rotter’s and Bandura’s social learning theories
  • Identify ways to apply the principles of the behavioral learning tradition to individual experience and behavior

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