Subject Research Guides

Psychology of Learning Research Guide

When to Use This Guide

Use this guide when you are researching the acquisition and maintenance of behavior, from a simple adaptation to a stimulus to the highest intellectual achievements. There have been many theories of learning, but none are able to provide a comprehensive explanation. All have contributed to our understanding of processes, stages, and types of learning.

Finding General or Background Information on the Psychology of Learning

Use general reference sources to find background information on psychology. For information specifically on learning, see the titles below.

Subject Headings for Finding Information About Psychology of Learning in the Book and Media Catalog

Finding Articles About the Psychology of Learning in Research Databases

Search EBSCOhost for psychology articles published in scholarly, popular, and general interest periodicals.

Contains full-text articles and abstracts from journals published by the American Psychological Association and others. Coverage for some of them extends back to the 19th century. Note the Thesaurus (link at the top of the screen under "Subjects") for help in finding synonyms, and broader, narrower, and related concepts.

Journal articles and reports from the U.S. Department of Education.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher (CQ Researcher)
Contains reports about issues widely discussed in the media, for example, childcare or education. While these topics are not discussed from a strictly psychological perspective, the reports can provide context and background for your research.

Selected Web Sites

Human Intelligence
This well-organized and interactive site from Indiana University includes biographical profiles of people who have influenced the development of intelligence theory and testing, in-depth articles exploring current controversies related to human intelligence, and resources for teachers.

The Brain from Top to Bottom
This well-designed, entertaining, and interactive introduction to brain-processing activities provides three levels of explanation.

The Magical Number Seven (…)
The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information by George A. Miller (originally published in The Psychological Review, 1956, vol. 63, pp. 81-97).

Memory Exhibit in SF Exploratorium
The Memory Exhibit is long gone (1998) but the web site, including archived web casts, articles, games, and brain (sheep’s) dissection, will “remain online indefinitely.”

How the Mind Works
Rice University’s web cast of Steven Pinker’s presentation about cognitive science's emerging understanding of the functions of the human mind. Note: the first 9 minutes are filled by introductions. Interested? The book How the Mind Works is available in Bowman Library.

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