SCH PS516 - Learning and Behavior Analysis

(Credits: 3)

This course will follow up and expand on the principles of behavior analysis that were discussed in PS 501 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis and introduce students to more complex issues in classical and operant conditioning.  The course provides an in-depth review of classical conditioning phenomena (such as higher-order conditioning, sensory preconditioning, conditioned inhibition, and others) and discuss variables related to differential outcomes (such as contiguity and conditional probabilities between the CS and the US).  This course will also cover behavior-analytic principles of learning in operant conditioning with topics such as reinforcement schedules, stimulus control, discrimination and generalization, concept formation, and avoidance learning.