Thursday, 8 September 2011

Wolves and Dogs (Learning)

Dogs tend to be poorer than Wolves at observational learning, being more responsive to instrumental conditioning

Observational learning (also known as vicarious learning, social learning, or modelling) is a type of learning that occurs as a function of observing, retaining and replicating novel behaviour executed by others. It is argued that reinforcement has the effect of influencing which responses one will partake in, more than it influences the actual acquisition of the new response.

Operant conditioning is a form of psychological learning where an individual modifies the occurrence and form of its own behavior due to the association of the behaviour with a stimulus. Operant conditioning is distinguished from classical conditioning (also called respondent conditioning) in that operant conditioning deals with the modification of "voluntary behaviour" or operant behavior. Operant behaviour "operates" on the environment and is maintained by its consequences, while classical conditioning deals with the conditioning of reflexive (reflex) behaviours which are elicited by antecedent conditions. Behaviours conditioned via a classical conditioning procedure are not maintained by consequences

Learning theory (education)

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