This ambitious, highly theoretical book provides a capstone for the careers of two very distinguished scholars. It begins with an analysis of what functions and systems must exist for any organism or machine to perform an unlearned act, that is, with an analysis of what must be "wired into" the organism or machine. Once the basics of unlearned responding have been established, the authors then systematically show how learning mechanisms can be layered onto that foundation in ways that account for the performance of new, learned operations that eventually culminate in the acquisition of higher-order operations that involve concepts and language.

This work is of interest to various practitioners engaged in analyzing and creating behavior: the ethnologist, the instructional designer, the learning psychologist, the physiologist-neurobiologist, and particularly the designer of intelligent machines.

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Part I: Performance of Nonlearning Systems

chapter 2|20 pages

Basics of Hardwired Systems

chapter 3|27 pages

Agent Functions

chapter 4|21 pages

Interaction of Agent and Infrasystem

part |1 pages

Part II: Basic Learning

chapter 5|23 pages

Perspectives on Basic Learning

chapter 6|30 pages

Basic Antecedent Learning

chapter 7|26 pages

Basic Response-Strategy Learning

chapter 8|28 pages

Learning Patterns and Generalizations

chapter 9|28 pages

Transformation of Data

part |1 pages

Part III: Extended Learning

chapter 10|28 pages

Individuals and Features

chapter 11|32 pages

Secondary and Unfamiliar Learning

chapter 12|25 pages

Experimental Designs

chapter 13|26 pages

Volition and Thought

part |1 pages

Part IV: Human Learning and Instruction

chapter 14|25 pages

Human Learning

chapter 15|30 pages


chapter 16|31 pages

Human Cognitive Development

chapter 17|33 pages

The Logic of Instruction

chapter 18|39 pages