Quiz 15: Learning Strategies, Perception, and Coping With Lifespan Changes


Learning is generally defined as a lasting change in behavior based on practice and experience. There are many methods used to ensure that behaviors are learned, and is based on an individual's personality which method works best for them. Employers are eager to find workers who not only know the skills currently required to fulfill their duties, but also can learn new skills and adapt to changes in the work environment. For this reason, "learning how to learn" is a much sought after trait in employees.

Two important processes that help in learning complicated skills are modeling and informal learning. Both are based on processes that are inferred to take place in the brain. Modeling occurs when you learn a skill by observing another person perform the skills. This is a form of social learning as it is learned in the presence of others. For example, a runner may learn how to perfect their posture after observing and practicing the posture their coach uses. The runner may not even realize they are making these changes.

Language is a very interesting aspect of learned behavior. Some people take time to really study and understand the intricacies of language, while others unconsciously pick it up from their surroundings. Travelers know all too well that without the right communications skill set, their explorations would not be nearly as deep and insightful. And as one travels, they intrinsically learn how to become a better traveler (travel light, keep valuables close to oneself, converse with locals, avoid tourist traps, etc.) They may even pick up on a region's colloquialisms without even realizing they are doing so.