The Handbook of Cognition provides a definitive synthesis of the most up-to-date and advanced work in cognitive psychology in a single volume. The editors have gathered together a team of world-leading researchers in specialist areas of the field, both traditional and `hot' new areas, to present a benchmark - in terms of theoretical insight and advances in methodology - of the discipline. This book contains a thorough overview of the most significant and current research in cognitive psychology that will serve this academic community like no other volume.
Chapter 6: Theories of Learning
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 ...