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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER8

Get That Through Your Thick Skull!

In This Chapter

  • Learning through association
  • Thorndike’s cats and Pavlov’s dogs
  • Understanding operant conditioning
  • Overcoming irrational fears
  • Banishing bad habits

“I can’t do it,” 4-year-old Sabrina whines as she hands you the magazine and scissors. “You do it for me.” “But Sabrina,” you argue. “You haven’t even tried. I know you can cut out that picture yourself.” Inwardly, you sigh, frustrated and confused by Sabrina’s constant clinging and refusal to try new things. “What’s going on with Sabrina,” you wonder. Why doesn’t she seem to want to learn new things?

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