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Principles and Applications

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January 2014 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
'An approachable text that provides the detail needed to teach a course in the Psychology of Learning while not overwhelming the students.' - Charles A. Gramlich, Xavier University of Louisiana

Known for its scholarship and easy-to-read style and format, Klein: Learning: Principles and Applications, Seventh Edition shows students the relevance of basic learning processes through real-world examples, vignettes, critical thinking questions, and applications.  Over the past  editions, this text has received unending praise for its accessible and thorough coverage of both classic and current studies of animal and human research.

About the Author
1. An Introduction to Learning
2. Traditional Learning Theories
3. The Modification of Instinctive Behavior
4. Principles and Applications of Pavlovian Conditioning
5. Theories of Pavlovian Conditioning
6. Principles and Applications of Appetitive Conditioning
7. Principles and Applications of Aversive Conditioning
8. Theories of Appetitive and Aversive Conditioning
9. Biological Influences on Learning
10. Stimulus Control of Behavior
11. Cognitive Control of Behavior
12. Memory Processes
Credits and Sources
Author Index
Subject Index


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • “Teaching the Psychology of Learning", tips for instructors teaching the course.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Web exercises direct you to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

“The primary strength of the book is that both basic learning phenomena and theories are dealt with more elaborately compared to other textbooks, while still avoiding ‘overloading’ the students.”

Roald Maes
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

“The text contains a great deal of detail, yet the narrative remains friendly and easy to follow.”

Mark Davies
University of Glamorgan

“The text is written exceptionally well. It is informative, interesting, and engaging. The stories help to grab the attention of the reader at the very start of each chapter and keep the interest of the student as they work their way through the material.”

Gary Starr
University of St. Thomas

Challenging but accessible. Covers the topics I most wish to introduce students to

Dr Andrew Thaw
Psychology Dept, Millsaps College
April 15, 2015

I like this book mainly because of its organization. I like the pictures and the format of the text. I also really like the price of this textbook.

Ms Nicole Muszynski
Psychology Dept, University Of Hawaii-Manoa
March 25, 2015

the text is very comprehensive; unfortunatley the book focuses strongly on behaviorist learning principles. However, for those interested (only) in behavioristic views the book provides in-depth reading material, that is well written and easy to understand.

Mr Julia Zuber
Paedagogik und paedagogische Psychologie , Johannes Kepler University of Linz
March 16, 2015

The organization of this text is well suited for an introductory learner in the fields associated with psychology. It has clear emphasis in the fundamental areas and principles underlying the phenomenology of learning through behavioral outcomes from a biopsychological perspective. In addition, the theoretical teachings are deeply embedded into the translational application of the various forms of conditioning techniques illustrated in this text. Most importantly, the book culminates with a bridge between stimulus response relationships and incorporates appropriately how cognitive regulation integrates and further can augment behavioral learning from past experience. This point is relevant as many other texts, such as those geared towards Applied Behavior Analysis, restrict their focus to behavior without mention of cognitive control systems. This text would serve any student well as a lifelong tool for a career in psychology related fields.

Dr Lorenz Neuwirth
Psychology Dept, Cuny College Of Staten Island
February 15, 2015

I like this book, as the course restructures I am likely to make this a core text

Dr Chris Egan
School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
February 9, 2015

An informative and well written text which will be easily accessible to a range of level students. Clear and detailed sections to allow students a greater understanding of a very vast topic.

Miss Laura Pannewitz
Equine, Bicton College of Agriculture
December 2, 2014

I found this a thorough and in-depth text which was easy to read.

Gillian Jack
Education, University of Aberdeen
May 2, 2014

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Stephen B. Klein

Stephen B. Klein is professor in the psychology department at Mississippi State University. He received a B.S. degree in psychology in 1968 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. degree in psychology in 1971 from Rutgers University. Professor Klein taught at Old Dominion University for twelve years and at Fort Hays State University for seven years prior to coming to Mississippi State University in 1990. He also served as head of the psychology department at both Mississippi State University and Fort Hays State University. Professor Klein has written numerous articles for psychological journals in the area of the biological basis... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452271941