Covers learning and memory in an integrated fashion. Learning and memory are concerned with understanding the processes by which behaviour is acquired through experience and expressed in later performance. Topics will include basic principles of behaviour change, learning and addictive behaviours, information processing account of memory, the role of implicit memory and learning, and the effects of aging on learning and memory.
Unit contentShort-term and working memory - Long-term memory - Memory improvement - Memory and the law - Ageing and memory - Basic processes in Pavlovian conditioning - Models of Pavlovian conditioning - Instrumental learning and the analysis of behaviour - Behavioural psychopharmacology and addictive processes - Verbal behaviour - Two-process learning theories and fear appeal marketing
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the ways in which learning and memory have been studied, the critical results of their investigation in the laboratory, and competing theories that have been developed to account for these findings||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||apply knowledge of the theories and principles of learning and memory to understanding, and developing effective management procedures for, a range of problem behaviours (e.g., drug addiction, Alzheimer's syndrome)||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically evaluate theories of learning and memory in order to derive hypotheses about potential empirical tests of their principles||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||design and conduct a piece of empirical research that examines one or more theoretical constructs in learning and memory||Creativity|
|5||write a standard research report adhering to American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Guide style||Communication and social skills|
- Gluck, MA, Mercado, E & Myers, CE, 2014, Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior, 2nd edn, Worth, NY.
Teaching and assessment
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