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Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning

Explore how new behaviours are learnt by examining different types of psychological conditioning.

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Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study6 hours
  • Digital upgradeFree

Understand the different ways we learn

How do people learn different behaviours? How does biology affect our ability to learn new things?

On this course you will answer these questions and others, exploring the psychology of learning. You will consider the difference between learned and instinctive behaviours and approaches to how we learn - for instance, you’ve probably heard of Pavlov and his dog, an example of classical conditioning. But you’ll also learn about operant conditioning (learning behaviours based on positive or negative consequences), and observational learning (watching other people and imitating their behaviour).

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds MATTHEW MUNDY: How do we learn and remember? And factors can influence our learning? What role does reward and punishment play in shaping our behavior? Hi I’m Matthew Mundy. I’m the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course you’ll explore the ‘Psychology of Learning’. You’ll find out about the influence of behaviorism and biological factors within the study of learning. You’ll also investigate the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning. And because psychology doesn’t operate within a vacuum, you’ll have the chance to apply what you know to a real world situation. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or background. No prior study of psychology is required or expected.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds So if you want to learn more about the behaviors principles and factors that impact the way we learn, by a School of Psychological Sciences is ranked among the best in the world. Then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is learning?
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Observational learning

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the term 'learning'.
  • Interpret the influence of behaviourism on the study of learning.
  • Explain the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning.
  • Identify the role of classical and/or operant conditioning in a real-world situation.
  • Explain how biological factors can influence some forms of learning.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Who will you learn with?

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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What's included?

Monash University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible