Cognitive learning theory
Approach that states learning is best understood in terms of thought processes or cognitions
Approach to the study of learning that focuses on the thought processes that underlie learning.
Focus on the unseen mental processes that occur during learning, rather than concentrating solely on external stimuli, responses, and reinforcements. Instead, according to this point of view, people, and even lower animals, develop an expectation that they will receive a reinforcer after making a response.