Saturday, February 9, 2013

Targets, Notes, and Video for Unit 3 - Consciousness & Learning

Unit 3 - Consciousness
Unit 3 - Learning

Unit 3 - Consciousness
Unit 3 - Learning & Classical Conditioning
Unit 3 - Learning & Operant Conditioning

While you are reading this, you may find yourself daydreaming as irrelevant thoughts surface, images of other situations come into view, and you create inner, private realities unconnected to this topic. (But, hopefully not a lot!) Daydreams provide stimulation when your interest is flagging and let you experience positive emotions. Although I hope not, you may even doze off. If so, you are experiencing different states of consciousness.

Did you have to learn how to yawn? Learning is relatively permanent change in behavior as a result of experience. For a change to be considered learning, it cannot simply have resulted from maturation, inborn response tendencies, or altered states of consciousness. You didn't need to learn to yawn; you do it naturally. Learning allows you to anticipate the future from past experiences and control a complex and ever-changing environment.

This chapter reviews three types of learning: Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and Cognitive Learning. All three emphasize the role of the environment in the learning process.

Why do we dream?
We spend nearly half of our lives in state of consciousness that is still even to this day is poorly understood. There are no animals in the world that have evolved to not need sleep. Horizon uncovers the secret world of our dreams. In a series of cutting-edge experiments and personal stories, we go in search of the science behind this most enduring mystery and ask: where do dreams come from? Do they have meaning? And ultimately, why do we dream? What the film reveals is that much of what we thought we knew no longer stands true. Dreams are not simply wild imaginings but play a significant part in all our lives as they have an impact on our memories, the ability to learn, and our mental health. Most surprisingly, we find nightmares, too, are beneficial and may even explain the survival of our species.
Psych 101 - Learning - Classical Conditioning, Part I
Psych 101 - Learning - Classical Conditioning, Part II
Psych 101 - Learning - Operant Conditioning, Part III
Psych 101 - Learning - Shaping, Part IV
Psych 101 - Learning - Schedule Reinforcement, Part V
Psych 101 - Learning - Prisoner's Dilemma, Part VI
Psych 101 - Learning - Observation & Insight, Part VII

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Unit 3 - Consciousness

Unit 3 - Learning & Classical Conditioning

Unit 3 - Learning & Operant Conditioning