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by J. E. R. Staddon

eBook Adaptive Behavior and Learning download ISBN: 0521276586
Author: J. E. R. Staddon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 25, 1983)
Language: English
Pages: 572
ePub: 1154 kb
Fb2: 1429 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Medics
Subcategory: Medicine

Adaptive Behavior and Learning. Staddon, J. E. R. 2017. Simply Too Many Notes. The Behavior Analyst, Vol. 40, Issue.

Adaptive Behavior and Learning.

J. Staddon provides a definitive summary of contemporary theoretical understanding.

In this book J. Staddon proposes an explanation of behavior that lies between cognitive psychology, which seeks to explain it in terms of mentalistic constructs, and cognitive neuroscience, which tries to explain it in terms of the brain. The models are neither physiological nor cognitive: they are behavioristic. Staddon is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology Emeritus at Duke University.

Adaptive Behaviour and Learning book. Adaptive behaviour is of two types only.

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John Eric Rayner Staddon is a British-born American psychobiologist. He has been a critic of Skinnerian behaviorism and proposed a theoretically-based "New Behaviorism". Educated first at University College London, a three-year period interrupted by two years in Central Africa (N. Rhodesia, now Zambia).

Explaining complex behavior in simple ways, this book is a fascinating exploration of the evolution, development and processes of learning in animals.

Staddon proposes an explanation of behavior that lies between cognitive psychology, which seeks to explain it in terms of mentalistic constructs, and cognitive neuroscience, which tries to explain it in terms of the brain.

Adaptive Behaviour and Learning constitutes a provocative theoretical integration of the psychological and biological approaches to adaptive behaviour. John Staddon's ideas will have a major impact on psychologists and zoologists' conceptions of the problem of learning. Highly readable, the book will serve as a useful text for courses in learning, animal behaviour and comparative psychology.

Adaptive behaviour is of two types only. Either an animal comes equipped by heredity with the ability to identify situations in which a built-in response is appropriate or it has mechanisms allowing it to adapt its behaviour in situations in which the correct response cannot be predicted. Adaptive behaviour of the second type comes about through natural selection, which weeds out individuals that identify situations inaccurately or respond inappropriately. Adaptive behaviour of the second type comes about through the selection of behavioural variants by the environment. This book is about the second type of adaptive behaviour, of which learning is the most highly developed form. Adaptive Behaviour and Learning constitutes a provocative theoretical integration of the psychological and biological approaches to adaptive behaviour. John Staddon's ideas will have a major impact on psychologists and zoologists' conceptions of the problem of learning. Highly readable, the book will serve as a useful text for courses in learning, animal behaviour and comparative psychology.