The Process of Learning Term Paper by Nicky

The Process of Learning
A discussion of simple stimulus learning and its forms of habituation and sensitization.
# 146839 | 883 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2011 in Education (Theory) , Psychology (General)

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The paper explains that habituation is the tendency of a person to become familiar with a stimulus after repeated exposure to it, while sensitization is the increase that occurs in an organism's responsiveness to stimuli following an especially intense or irritating stimulus. The paper looks at examples of these forms of learning and examines how perceptual learning occurs. The paper points out that understanding the learning process helps us to understand why some people have trouble learning.

From the Paper:

"Habituation is one of the simplest types of learning. It is the tendency of a person to become familiar with a stimulus after repeated exposure to it (Learning, 2008). For example, a person who moves into a house that is right beside a railroad track may initially be distracted every time a loud train goes by the house. They will hear it every time and have a reaction to it. But after living in the house for some period of time, the same person will no longer be distracted by the train because the person has become habituated to it. At that point they no longer hear it and it no long illicit a reaction from them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • How Perpetual Learning Works. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2009, from Institute of Perceptual Learning Web site:
  • Learning. (2008). Retrieved March 29, 2009, from MSN Encarta Web site:

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