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Beyond the Learning Curve: The construction of mind

Craig Speelman and Kim Kirsner


For years now, learning has been at the heart of research within cognitive psychology. How do we acquire new knowledge and new skills? Are the principles underlying skill acquisition unique to learning, or similar to those underlying other behaviours? Is the mental system essentially modular, or is the mental system a simple product of experience, a product that, inevitably, reflects the shape of the external world with all of its specialisms and similarities? This book takes the view that learning is a major influence on the nature of the processes and representations that fill our minds. Thr ... More

Keywords: learning, cognitive psychology, skill acquisition, mental modularity, lexical representation, universal principles, transfer of training, natural laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Speelman, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University

Kim Kirsner, author
Professor, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia