International Journal of Comparative Psychology
Pavlovian Conditioning Requires Ruling Out Nonassociative Factors to Claim Conditioning Occurred
- Author(s): Reilly, Steve
- Schachtman, Todd R.
- et al.
According to Grau and Joynes (2005), (1) the current classification of types of learning is based on methodology and assumes a correspondence between types of learning and distinct neural-functional mechanisms; (2) this assumption is wrong because experiments show that different mechanisms may underlie the same type of learning; consequently, (3) we should change the teaching of the psychology of learning. I argue that because Grau and Joynes misunderstood the nature of the classification of learning phenomena and cloaked their research findings with a garb of conceptual errors and infelicities, their recommendations concerning the teaching of learning should be rejected.