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One of the most robust and reliable learning phenomena documented in the animal learning literature is the enhancement of discriminative performance by differential outcomes.
A report in the respected scientific journal Animal Learning and Behaviour, says the carp family - which includes the humble goldfish - is much brighter than previously thought.
1999 ANIMAL LEARNING & BEHAVIOR, Louis Herman of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, who has directed research on these abilities, summarized the evidence on the intellectual feats of captive dolphins.
Less obvious, but equally important, is the influence of concepts borrowed from animal learning theory in the development of social-cognitive models of craving.
Thus, the psychology of learning from Thorndike was based on animal learning, explained in an S-R mode.
The study is published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition.