6th Edition

Learning and Memory Basic Principles, Processes, and Procedures

By W. Scott Terry Copyright 2023
    452 Pages 84 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Learning and Memory provides a balanced review of the core methods and the latest research on animal learning and human memory. Topical coverage ranges from the basic and central processes of learning, including classical and instrumental conditioning and encoding and storage in long-term memory, to topics not traditionally covered, such as spatial learning, motor skills, and implicit memory. The general rules of learning are reviewed along with the exceptions, limitations, and best applications of these rules. Alternative approaches to learning and memory, including cognitive, neuroscientific, functional, and behavioral, are also discussed. Individual differences in age, gender, learning abilities, and social and cultural background are explored throughout the text and presented in a dedicated chapter.

    The relevance of basic principles is highlighted throughout the text with everyday examples that ignite reader interest in addition to more traditional examples from human and animal laboratory studies. Research examples are drawn from education, neuropsychology, psychiatry, nursing, and ecological (or everyday) memory. Each chapter begins with an outline and concludes with a detailed summary. Applications and extensions are showcased in text boxes as well as in distinct applications sections in every chapter, and review and recapitulation sections are interspersed throughout the chapters.

    Preface, Acknowledgments, 1. Introduction, 2. Habituation and Other Forms of Stimulus Learning, 3. Classical Conditioning, 4. Instrumental Conditioning: Reward, 5. Instrumental Conditioning: Nonreward, Punishment, and Avoidance, 6. Verbal Learning, 7. Human Memory Conceptual Approaches, 8. Short-Term Memory, 9. Encoding, 10. Storage and Retrieval, 11. Spatial, Motor-Skills, and Implicit Learning, 12. Individual Differences in Learning and Memory, Glossary, References, Author Index, Subject Index


    W. Scott Terry is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he taught psychology of learning to undergraduates and graduate students in industrial-organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and education.