Types of Simple Stimulus Learning
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The paper explains that simple stimulus learning is a behavioral change that can be relatively permanent and is based on experience, meaning, an exposure to stimuli. The paper discusses classical conditioning and operant conditioning, defines the term habituation and explains the concept of perceptual learning. The paper shows how much of what we learn begins with these types of simple exchanges with our environment.
From the Paper:"Simple stimulus learning is in short a rather simplistic (usually single or small group stimulus involved) behavioral change that can be relatively permanent and is based on experience, i.e. exposure to stimuli. There are several theories or types of simple stimulus learning including; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Simple stimulus learning is often referred to as behaviorism, as many of the early theories of learning are dependent on stimulus response cycles where exposure to a stimulus creates an observable behavioral response, that is often a reinforcement of an instinct or reflex behavior or a behavior that may have been favorable after previous exposures to the same or similar stimuli. (Pritchard, 2009, p. 6) The addition of learning to the term simple stimulus learning simply denotes that the response may be understood or "learned" as it becomes a more long term repetitive action or thought. Yet, it is also clear that in some stimulus response cycles the behavior is not learned but is simply an instinctive reaction to stimulus exposure. (Yusuf, 1992, p. 291) It must also be noted that there is a significant debate regarding simple stimulus learning, where some believe it is simply to simple a process to account for all learning, while others contend that all learning no matter how complex is simply a increasingly complex set of simple stimulus responses."
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