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Learning: Behavior and Cognition - Daniel A. Lieberman

Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1993, Hardback.
Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.

2nd edition. Illustrated by way of: Charts; Graphs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “This new, completely revised edition of David A. Lieberman’s highly respected text combines clear, deep exposition of the logic underlying experimentation and theories with provocative material on practical applications. Dr. Lieberman emphasizes the crucial role that classical conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment play in shaping our lives. He challenges readers to think for themselves by exploring the assumptions that underlie learning research (including animal research) and by tackling the “tough topics”, such as Rescorla-Wagner and neural network models, largely ignored or glossed over in other texts.”

New material, much of which is unique to this text, includes:

  • ”Learning in an Evolutionary Context” — This new chapter explains the theory of evolution and relates it to specialized forms of learning (imprinting, song-learning, taste aversion learning, etc. ).

  • Introduction of Pavlov’s and Thorndike’s research in a setting that puts it in an associative context, with expanded coverage of instrumental conditioning and neural basis of behaviour

  • New material on reflexes (using habituation and sensitization to introduce a definition of learning)… conditioning of the immune system… the adaptive value of classical conditioning… the importance of performance factors in determining the conditioned response… and more, in every chapter.

Size: 9½" x 6½". Pictorial boards. [XXIII] 592 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.