DSE212 – week 7 – Three approaches to learning

A big hefty chapter on the psychology of learning this week and it was hello again to old friends Pavlov and Skinner (the comparative approach and conditioning), a surprise appearance from Chomsky (the cognitive perspective and a reprise of that problem of induction in knowledge), and a healthy dollop of environment, cultural tools and enculturation (the sociocultural perspective). Reading through the chapter and doing the activities took a lot less time than writing up my notes (how does that work?) but at least I do my category learning through the more efficient conservative focusing, so that’s nice (or I’ve played too much Set).

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