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date: 22 February 2020

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The world is astonishingly complex, as is the manner in which we respond to and interact with it. Furthermore, change is an ever-present feature of the environment. Actions that once were favored may be superseded by newer, more appropriate responses. How do people acquire the knowledge to behave sensibly in the first place, and how do they continue to adapt to the changing world? These are key questions in the psychology of learning. In this chapter, the authors review research on learning and research on memory as it relates to learning using a cognitive science perspective. The defining feature of this perspective is its multidisciplinary nature. Work in various disciplines including experimental psychology, education, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience has led to discoveries about learning and memory. The insights gained advance each field of inquiry and support a more comprehensive understanding of learning and memory.

Keywords: learning, memory, skill acquisition, education, cognitive models

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