Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

PSY 227 - Learning and Behavior

Exploration of the basic principles of conditioning and learning.  Emphasis on classical and operant conditioning and their place in the larger theoretical framework of behavioral psychology.  Application of these principles to understanding and changing individual and group behavior.


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisite:  PSY 110 General Psychology

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of behavioral orientation in psychology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the explanations for behavior as postulated by behaviorists.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of classical and operant learning theory.
  4. Define basic terms and understand principles and processes associated with classical and operant learning theory and conditioning.
  5. Describe the various methods used in behavioral research.
  6. Utilize basic techniques of behavior change.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between classical and operant learning research findings, many of which are based on animal studies, and direct application to human behavior and its modification.