Problems in the Behavioural Sciences: Frustration Theory: An Analysis of Dispositional Learning and Memory Series Number 11 (Hardback)
  • Problems in the Behavioural Sciences: Frustration Theory: An Analysis of Dispositional Learning and Memory Series Number 11 (Hardback)
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Problems in the Behavioural Sciences: Frustration Theory: An Analysis of Dispositional Learning and Memory Series Number 11 (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 31/07/1992
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We live in a world in which inconsistency is the rule rather than the exception and this is particularly true for rewards and frustrations. In some cases, rewards and frustrative non-rewards appear randomly for what seems to be the same behaviour; in others a sequence of rewards is suddenly followed by non-rewards, or large rewards by small rewards. The important common factor in these and other cases is frustration - how we learn about it and how we respond to it. This book provides a basis in learning theory and particularly in frustration theory, for a comprehension not only of the mechanisms controlling these dispositions, but also of their order of appearance in early development and, to an approximation at least, their neural underpinnings.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521247849
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 21 mm


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'... most of the contributions are short and to the point ... must be considered a landmark in Precambrian geology, and a major achievement that so many outstanding scientists were organized into producing a volume that encompasses a large subject area and includes a significant contribution of new data.' Palaeo
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"...provides us with a unique integrating survey of the 40-odd-year history of his learning-based theory of frustration, outlining the growth and diversification of the theory and the experimentation it has both attempted to explain in organized fashion and has subsequently evoked, and comparing it to competing theoretical approaches." Psychological Reports
"...modern behavior theories share three key features. First, they attempt to maintain a continuous pathway between stimulus inputs and response outputs. Second, they use associative principles to explain the acquired linkages within those pathways. Third, emotion and motivation play a crucial part in both learning and performance....Amsel's theory is a sophisticated implementation of all three key features of behavior theory....readers...will be rewarded with a rich and rigorous conception of learning and behavior that benefits from Amsel's vast efforts over the past 40 years." E. James Kehoe
"...particularly useful as it both summarises an extensive S-R associationist literature, and shows through simple S-R mechanisms how reward schedule, frustration, and punishment effects can account for the motivating and reinforcing effects of emotion produced by frustration. Amsel's work also points to neurophysiological mechanisms for the effects of early experience in establishing response dispositions associated with primary motivational systems...will reward those with an interest in frustration behaviour and in the effects of early experience on personality development and its pathology." Eric A. Salzen, Human Ethology Newsletter
"...a major contribution to psychology. The strength of Amsel's book is simply that it brings together a rich body of data and phenomena. In so doing, it details many fascinating experiments of basic and lasting importance....Amsel's book is stimulating because it shows how mature theory can guide psychological research. A few very simple assumptions are combined to yield a theory of surprising scope, inviting additional research to test how far these simple assumptions can be stretched." Mauricio R. Papini and H. Wayne Ludvigson, American Journal of Psychology
"...recognizes the importance of schedules of reinforcement for the study of learning, both as a test ground for theory and as a determinant of behavior." Phil Reed, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

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