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The Relationship Between Learning and Cognition
A concise analysis of models and theories of learning, and how learning relates to cognition.
# 119697 | 1,172 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 19, 2010 in Education (Education Psychology) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains that learning and cognition go hand and hand, and that according to Piaget's stage theory of cognitive development, children begin to learn and develop cognitively during the sensory motor stage of development. The paper explores the role of behavior in learning, and delves into various types of learning. The paper concludes that the changes in the understanding of the importance of behavior in learning have created a number of learning theories, including the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and problem based learning (PBL), both of which incorporate and accentuate the relationship between learning and cognition.

Definition of Learning
The Role of Behavior in Learning
Different Types of Learning
Relationship between Learning and Cognition

From the Paper:

"Learning, according to the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology (2001), is "The process of acquiring knowledge or the actual possession of such; scholarship" (para. 1). The definition previously presented is loosely used by a number of psychological and educational disciplines; however, within the behavioral fields of psychology, learning is described as "a relatively permanent change in response potentiality which occurs as a result of reinforced practice" (Kimble, 1985, p. 21). This definition recognizes four key issues fundamental to grasping an understanding of the process of learning: relatively permanent, response potential, reinforced, and practice; acknowledgement of the significance of these factors is by and large accepted by contemporary psychology. This is not to say that other factors like observational learning, modeling, and imitation are not factors, but in an attempt to define, theorize, and hypothesize learning as it relates to cognition certain parameters needed set. In addition, allowances are made in this definition for fleeting changes in behavior, latent learning in response potential, the importance of reinforcement with regard to extinction, and practice that will improve one's learning even after the behavior is lost (Kimble, 1985)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Kimble, G. A. (1985). Topics in the History of Psychology. Retrieved from
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