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Adaptive Behavior and Learning by J.E.R. Staddon

Contents (2003 Internet Edition)

complete text (PDF) of version updated and corrected in 2010

  • Title Page
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Evolution, Development, and Modification of Behavior
    • Niches, similarities and differences
    • Philosophical background
    • Evolution and development
  • Chapter 2: Variation and Selection of Behavior
    • Simple orientation mechanisms
    • Reflex mechanisms
    • Inhibition and reflex strength
  • Chapter 3
    • Taxes
    • The integration of behavior
    • The nature of explanation
  • Chapter 4
    • Causal and functional analysis of operant behavior
    • The logic of historical systems
  • Chapter 5
    • Reinforcement and the law of effect
    • Contingency and feedback functions
  • Chapter 6
    • Reinforcement and homeostasis
    • Obesity and schedule performance: a static analysis
  • Chapter 7
    • Utility and adaptation to constraint
    • The allocation of behavior
    • Experimental applications
  • Chapter 8
    • Optimal choice
    • Matching and maximizing
    • Overall maximizing
  • Chapter 9
    • Diet selection and functional response
    • Natural feedback functions
  • Chapter 10
    • The definition of stimulus
    • Stimulus generalization
    • Similarity
  • Chapter 11
    • Inhibitory and excitatory' control
    • Behavioral contrast and discrimination performance
    • Competition and matching
  • Chapter 12
    • Time-allocation constraints: the pressure model
  • Chapter 13
    • Temporal control
    • Memory and spatial learning
  • Chapter 14
    • Template learning
    • Reinforced learning
  • Chapter 15
    • Historical background: operant and respondent behavior
    • Behavioral variation: the origins of operant behavior
    • The guidance of action
    • Experimental applications
  • Chapter 16
    • Conditioned reinforcement
    • Avoidance and escape
    • Extinction
  • References