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Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning

Monash University via FutureLearn

Overview

Understand the different ways we learn

How do we learn different behaviours? What effect does biology have on our ability to learn new things?

This course explores the psychology of learning, covering famous historical experiments and current learning theories.

You’ll investigate the difference between instinctive and learned behaviours, and the various approaches to how we learn.

Explore classical conditioning and other learning models

You’ll build on your existing knowledge of the famous Pavlov’s Dog experiment as a form of classical conditioning and further explore operant conditioning and observational learning.

Adding these additional structures allows you to consider the impact of positive and negative consequences on learning behaviours, and the extent to which we learn from watching and imitating others.

Investigate the overlap of biological psychology and learning behaviours

Expanding on your knowledge of biological psychology and developmental psychology developed on earlier courses in this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the chance to combine that knowledge with learning theories to find out how biological factors can influence some forms of learning. You’ll also interpret the influence of behaviourism on the study of learning.

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Taught by

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

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Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I suppose I should really have given this 5 stars as at the end I discovered I had learnt a lot - which is why I do recommend this course. The reservations I have is that I was very familiar, via earlier interest, in this already so much was relatively...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was for me the perfect opportunity to acquire comprehensible bases that supports many topics related to learning, parenting, motivation and behavior development. It will provide anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge with valuable concepts, examples and information about the different theories and experiments that constitutes an essential part of psychology, and the most important with a better understanding to propose learning activities or strategies applicable to all kinds of environments, not just at the classroom but also at work or home. It was the right choice when deciding how to use well time and other resources at hand.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    How do people learn different behaviours? How does biology affect our ability to learn new things?

    On this course you will answer these questions and others, exploring the psychology of learning. You will consider the difference between learned and instinctive behaviours and approaches to how we learn - for instance, you’ve probably heard of Pavlov and his dog, an example of classical conditioning. But you’ll also learn about operant conditioning (learning behaviours based on positive or negative consequences), and observational learning (watching other people and imitating their behaviour).
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    My name is Rajen Jani and I have completed the course titled, "Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning" provided by Monash University via FutureLearn.

    I have learnt a lot from this outstanding and well structured course, which is complete with articles, videos, quizzes, and a test at the end.

    I consider myself privileged to have learnt from the Lead Educator Dr. Matthew Mundy (Associate Professor and Director of Education, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University).

    I thank Dr. Mundy, Monash University, and FutureLearn for this amazing e-learning opportunity.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enable me to learn from this course. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience of this course. Overall, my feel on the content of this course provides a good introduction to learners who wish to get a grasp on psychology of learning. While there are reading notes and video links provided for learners, perhaps it will be great if the course lecturers can have more of their own lecturing time and videos to engage with participants and to make the course a more in-house experience. Do continue to improve the learning experience for this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I'd like to thank the Monash team for this course, I really learnt some wonderful lessons on the Psychology of Learning. Many people including myself have had an unkind fear of psychology in general. I took the course knowing that I wanted to overcome such ignorance on the subject. As a skills development facilitator, I have a much more appreciation on the theory of learning and how it has developed over time.

    I specifically noted the work of Ivan Pavlov, John Watson, Tolman, , Skinner and Bandura. I enjoyed the whole course and particularly the Oparant Conditioning.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    For a non-psychology student, I really learnt so much! It's well structured and organised for beginners to scratch the surface of psychology. I really appreciate the additional links given to supplement to main notes, especially the videos demonstrating the experiments done on the giant 'shell-less snail', Sultan the chimp, Skinner's pigeons and the Bobo experiment. I find there are many terms in psychology, sometimes a bit overwhelming that I had to take 1 or 2 days off to really understand and 'get it'. It has been a great learning experience nevertheless!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this study course very student-friendly and the added reference inputs/resources used were very helpful in understanding the definition of 'learning' and the practical role of psychology in the sphere of 'learned human behaviour'. This knowledge will certainly be of use to me at my workspace and for my extracurricular activities,etc... - A big thank you to Prof Mundy and his team for designing this easy-to-understand study material and to FL for giving me the opportunity to renew/refresh my learning potential.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Can't thank you enough for making this course available. Every topic on this course particularly has been very relevant and important.
    The topics, references and resources have been very helpful.
    I have learnt a lot on this course. A big thank you to Professor Mundy, Monash University and all participants. It was an amazing experience sharing and learning from all of you.

    It would be great if someone could address a few doubts I raised on the course. Thank you.
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    Lorena Mercedes Iglesias completed this course.

    Exelent course.I learned a lot in a short time, it was very clear and concise. I realized that they are things that are used in daily life, at home, work, school
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is very great, informative and snackable course. Available for degree decision maker, ones who love to expand knowledge, and everyone who is interested.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It's one of the most interesting topics for me. It helped me to recall my past and I cherished the moment once again. It is helping me to inderstand the psychology of my clients. Its the study of himan mind and behaviour. Motivation, rewards, reinforcement,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really well organized. Provides relevant information when required. All bibliographies added and links to academic as well as practical material available.
  • Davidtaitt

    Davidtaitt completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This course was very educational and effective am hoping to continue my studies in psychology. Keep up the good work
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Los conductistas radicales son teóricos que se adhieren exclusivamente al condicionamiento clásico y operante y tienen una insistencia inflexible en un enfoque estrictamente científico del comportamiento. Los conductistas ven la personalidad como significativamente...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Hello Everyone! I am Dr.K.Madhusudhana Rao from India. I joined this course to learn basic principles of psychology through which I can guide our young students at our Institution. I have learnt various psychology principles such as Associative Learning, Conditional Learning, Observational Learning, Social Learning, etc. which are very useful than I expected. I feel that this course certificate is one of the achievements in my career. Everyone must take this course to understand behavioral aspects of the human and a few other species. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Educators and Futurelearn for offering such a significant and special course.
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    Luis Ribeiro

    Luis Ribeiro completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    As with other Introduction to Psychology courses offered by Monash, Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning is well put together and has plenty of objective, albeit limited, information on the topic. Its main weakness is having no video lessons; it has only one/two videos at the beginning and end of the MOOC, which means that there are tons of reading activities. Fine by me, but it gets boring after some time. There are many quizzes, which contribute to student learning, and links to journal articles. Overall, it's a good MOOC if you like its reading-based format.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course content and the references are good. A lot of theoretical work is their. When studying these types of topics have to learn experiments done and theories put forwarded by various scientists and psychologists. Students are in need of a high memorizing power. Therefore it is better have all these theories in a mind map because it would be easier to remember. Sometimes the words used for different learning methods might get collapsed. It is a bit hard thing to memorize but with the given videos it made us easier to do it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    excelente curso, es muy claro con los ejemplos de cada uno de los diferentes tipos de aprendizaje, ya que a diario vivimos y experimentamos diferentes tipos de aprendizaje sin saberlo, por lo tanto es importante conocerlo, aunque a veces confundo lo que es castigo positivo y negativo con refuerzo positivo y negativo, pero ha sido un curso fascinante y de gran conocimiento, da muchos ejemplos que lo ponen a uno a pensar y meditar bien la respuesta.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It was a great experience.
    Thank you for the opportunity of expense my knowledge.
    I learn how the behavior could change by stimulated, how classical and operant conditioning works and the effects they can do with people and animals.
    I'm study social work in Chile and doing the course help me to rewiew things of psychology because it is fundamental to know to understand people with problems and the tools for help them and behavior is esencially to do that

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