This review synthesizes relevant research dealing with the processes of learning and suggests its applications to compliance gaining. The two major issues addressed are: (1) to what degree can learning theories explain the acquisition of new attitudes and behaviors, and (2) to what degree are attitudinal and behavioral changes governed by learning theory principles? The learning theories discussed are grouped into three categories: stimulus‐response or connectionist approaches; cognitive approaches; and stochastic, mathematical, and cybernetic approaches. The stimulus‐response models, which encompass most of the research examined in this paper, are further broken down into four types: (1) classical conditioning, (2) contiguity models, (3) instrumental (or operant) conditioning and (4) models including drive and drive reduction. Principles and major research evidence from numerous learning theories are reviewed and analyzed, and suggestions are made as to how this evidence may aid in the construction of more complete theories of persuasion and attitude change.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Human Communication Research|
|State||Published - 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Linguistics and Language