Learning Theory and the Evolutionary Analogy

Blute, Marion (1979) Learning Theory and the Evolutionary Analogy. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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In this article, past comparisons of learning and evolution as analogous processes are discussed and some inaccuracies and omissions in those discussions are pointed out. The evolutionary analogy is examined for its ability to suggest solutions to five fundamental theoretical issues about learning - superstitions, why a reinforcer has the effect it does, the relationship among various procedures yielding learning, the relevance of the matching law to the problem of what reinforces an avoidance response, and whether behavioral and cognitive views of learning can be reconciled. In each case it is argued that the analogy is instructive.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:learning, operant conditioning, classical conditioning, matching law, cognitive learning theory
Subjects:Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
Biology > Evolution
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Philosophy > Epistemology
ID Code:858
Deposited By: Centre, Hitachi Survey Research
Deposited On:07 Jun 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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