Classical Conditioning | Operant Conditioning | Latent Learning | Observational Learning

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What is learning? According to Myers, learning is “a relatively permanent change in an organism’s behavior due to experience.” Aristotle saw learning as something that happens throughout our entire lifespan, but with different emphases at different ages, according to Infed, an organization about informal education. John Locke developed Aristotle’s idea further in his Essay concerning Human Understanding. Locke believed that we are born with our mind as a blank slate (tabula rasa) and from experience, we “write” more on to this slate. Regardless of the definition you trust the most, there are undeniably too many definitions to settle on one.

In this wiki, we follow Myers’ definition of learning. We elaborate upon different forms of associative learning, which essentially means linking two events that occur close together. Classical conditioning is learning to associate two stimuli to anticipate events. Operant conditioning is learning to associate a response (a behavior) and its consequence(s).