Learning and Complex Behavior

Sample

Syllabus

Sample Syllabus for a one-semester course

Week 1: Ch. 1. Origins of Learned Behavior, 1-7, (omit Formal reasons for considering events at the microbehavioral and physiological levels), 8-18 (17 pp.)

Week 2: Ch. 1, continued; 18-27; Ch. 2. Selection of Behavior; 31-35, (omit Motivating Function: Deprivation and Sensitization), 37-42 (19 pp.)

Week 3: Ch. 2, continued; 43-61 (19 pp.)

Week 4: Ch. 3. Environmental Guidance of Behavior; 61-81 (20 pp.)

Week 5: Ch. 3, continued; 81-86; Ch. 4. Selection in the Experienced Learner; 89-99, (omit Effects of Acquired Reinforcers on Temporal Contiguity), 101-106 (20 pp.)

Week 6: Ch. 4, continued; 109-112, (omit Molar and Molecular Accounts of Selection), 114-118;          Ch. 5. Classes of Environment-Behavior Relations; 125-136 (19 pp.)

Week 7: Ch. 5, continued; 137-148; Ch. 6. Attending, 152-157 (17 pp.)

Week 8: Ch. 6, continued; (omit STIMULUS DISCRIMINATION AND ATTENDING), 161-164, (omit Adaptive-network interpretations), 166-173; Ch. 7. Perceiving Environment-Environment Relations; 177-180 (15 pp.)

Week 9: Ch. 7, continued;  (omit Structure of the Visual System and begin again with Selection of a Polysensory Invariant), 193-204; Ch. 8. Memory: Reminding, 211-218 (19 pp.)

Week 10: Ch. 8, continued;  219-230; Ch. 9. Functioning of the Experienced Learner, 237-245 (20 pp.)

Week 11: Ch. 9, continued, 245-248, (omit Schemata and begin again with Multiple Determinants of Priming), 249-251 (much of remainder of chapter delayed until week 14); Ch. 10. Problem-solving, 270-281 (omit sections on The deleterious effect of instructions on response variability and Stereotopy and mental set) (17 pp.)

Week 12: Ch. 10, continued, 283-293; Ch. 11. Verbal Behavior, 296-304, (omit PARALLEL PROCESSES IN VERBAL BEHAVIOR) (19 pp.)

Week 13: Ch. 11, 307-313 (until the paragraph beginning “When we grasp the fact ”), 316 (beginning in the right column with the fifth line “It is such subtleties…)-320; Ch. 12. Memory: Remembering, 324-326, (omit Paired-Associate Memory Procedures), 330-335 (16 pp.)

Week 14: Ch. 12, continued, 335-351; Ch. 9. Functioning of the Experienced Learner, 252-256 (11 pp.)