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Principles and Applications

Seventh Edition
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© 2015 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Incorporating  the latest scholarship and applications in the field, Learning: Principles and Applications, Seventh Edition shows students the relevance of basic learning processes through real-world examples, vignettes, critical thinking questions, and applications. Acclaimed for its accessible and thorough coverage of both classic and current studies of animal and human research, the book is known for its scholarship and easy-to-read style, and the introduction of concepts and theories within the framework of highly effective pedagogical elements, the new edition has been updated and reorganized into twelve chapters to reflect recent changes in the field.
About the Author
1. An Introduction to Learning
2. Traditional Learning Theories
3. The Modification of Instinctive Behavior
4. Principles and Applications of Pavlovian Conditioning
5. Theories of Pavlovian Conditioning
6. Principles and Applications of Appetitive Conditioning
7. Principles and Applications of Aversive Conditioning
8. Theories of Appetitive and Aversive Conditioning
9. Biological Influences on Learning
10. Stimulus Control of Behavior
11. Cognitive Control of Behavior
12. Memory Processes
Credits and Sources
Author Index
Subject Index


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • “Teaching the Psychology of Learning", tips for instructors teaching the course.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Web exercises direct you to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

“The primary strength of the book is that both basic learning phenomena and theories are dealt with more elaborately compared to other textbooks, while still avoiding ‘overloading’ the students.”

Roald Maes
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

“The text contains a great deal of detail, yet the narrative remains friendly and easy to follow.”

Mark Davies
University of Glamorgan

“The text is written exceptionally well. It is informative, interesting, and engaging. The stories help to grab the attention of the reader at the very start of each chapter and keep the interest of the student as they work their way through the material.”

Gary Starr
University of St. Thomas

Challenging but accessible. Covers the topics I most wish to introduce students to

Dr Andrew Thaw
Psychology Dept, Millsaps College
April 15, 2015

I like this book mainly because of its organization. I like the pictures and the format of the text. I also really like the price of this textbook.

Ms Nicole Muszynski
Psychology Dept, University Of Hawaii-Manoa
March 25, 2015
Key features


  • A new 12-chapter organization provides streamlined, accessible coverage of the key theories, current research, and applications of learning and behavior.
  • Coverage of exciting new research in learning introduces readers to the latest scholarship in the field.
  • Strengthened pedagogy helps students master key concepts and connect them to real-life experience.


  • Chapter-opening vignettes help students understand the link between chapter content and their everyday lives.
  • Application sections enhance the relevance of the concepts presented in the text, showing students that the behaviors described are not just laboratory phenomena.
  • “Before You Go On” sections emphasize mastery of key concepts throughout each chapter and make an ideal study guide when preparing for exams.
  • Boxed biographies of leading researchers in learning provide an up-close look at prominent thinkers and their contributions to the field.
  • Scenario-based “Critical Thinking Questions” at the end of each chapter require students to creatively apply one or more of the chapter’s major concepts to situations that they may encounter in the real world.
  • A special focus on cognition reflects cutting-edge research and new directions in the field.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 5

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ISBN: 9781452271941