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The Psychology of Learning


reviewed by Stephen M. Corery 1953

coverTitle: The Psychology of Learning
Author(s): E. R. Guthrie
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Guthrie's 1934 text was widely read by psychologists. This revised edition differs chiefly from the first in that four new chapters have been added. Three of them represent defenses of conditioning principles as the basic explanations for learning, against other explanations suggested by Tolman and Maier, Skinner, and Hull. The fourth new chapter reports work done by the author and Horton which extends and modifies the association by contiguity theory of learning. For Guthrie, association by contiguity is synonymous with conditioning. Guthrie writes lucidly and thoughtfully. He consistently tries to separate his own "strong inclinations to believe" from inferences based on a great deal of objective evidence. He views any theory of learning not as true or false, but as "useful or less useful" (p. x). Learning is "changes in behavior which follow behavior" (p. 3), and these changes need not represent progress toward betterment. The text is devoted to an... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 55 Number 1, 1953, p. 58-58
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4844, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:08:17 AM

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