In this lesson, you will learn to:
- Summarize the history of learning theory.
- Describe the three major learning theories.
- Explain the differences between classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning.
What is Learning Theory?
During the early part of the twentieth-century, a number of psychologists became increasingly interested in turning psychology into a more scientific endeavor. To be more scientific, they argued, psychology needed to study only those things that could be measured and quantified.