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Pavlov's Legacy: How and What Animals Learn

Author(s): Robert A. Boakes

ISBN: 9781316512074
Publication Date: 5/10/23
Pages: 375
Format: Hardback
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Pavlov claimed that his experiments with dogs would transform the study of psychology and the treatment of mental illness. His work inspired researchers to study how animals learn to traverse mazes, avoid shocks, or press levers to obtain food, and also to compare the learning and cognitive abilities of different species, ranging from apes and dolphins to rats and pigeons. This book describes five decades of research into animal learning and comparative psychology, examining Pavlov's influence on this research and discoveries made by scientists who accepted many of his claims, while others looked for evidence to reject them. Drawing together diverse strands of research and providing historical and biographical information to bring the details to life, this is an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers in behavioural neuroscience, as well as for anyone in adjacent fields with an interest in learning theory.

  • Traces diverse strands of research over the 50-year period during which Pavlov's discoveries first became generally known outside of Russia
  • Explains key studies and influential theories in detail using non-technical language, improving understanding of important research and the development of theories
  • Includes short biographies of key players in animal learning research to improve understanding of the field's social and cultural background