Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Ecological heuristics for learning

Paul M. Bronstein a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502


Domjan, Cusato & Villarreal's target article is reviewed in the context of historical difficulty for learning studies in discriminating between learned and unlearned components of behavior. The research surveyed in the target article meets the criterion of differentiating between some learned and the unlearned aspects of social behavior, with Pavlovian conditioning shown repeatedly as a route by which reproductive and aggressive behavior is modulated.