Prof. Dr. Jan De Houwer, Ghent University, Belgium „Toward a new science of learning”
23. Oktober 2019 16:00 – 23. Oktober 2019 18:00
R 00019 (Dekanatsaal), Gutenbergstr. 18
Prof. Dr. Jan De Houwer, Ghent University, Belgium
„Toward a new science of learning”
Learning can be defined as ontogenetic adaptation, that is, the impact of regularities in the environment on behavior during the lifetime of an organism. Learning research is thus at the heart of psychology, just like research on phylogenetic adaptation is at the heart of biology. Different types of learning can be defined in terms of the type of regularity that is involved (e.g., classical conditioning as the effects of regularities in the presence of two stimuli). In this talk, I introduce the concept of complex learning as referring to the joint impact of multiple regularities on behavior. This concept allows one to link the traditional literature on so-called low level forms of learning such as conditioning with the literature on so-called high-level forms of learning such learning via analogy. In fact, it could be argued that, at least in verbal humans, also simple forms of learning are instances of complex learning, an idea that could fundamentally alter face of learning research as we know it.
FB 04 Psychologie
Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs