Issues Surrounding the Old and the New Learning Theory
... why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true.
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt
It will turn true again, for so it goes.
Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.
-- Robert Frost "The Black Cottage"1
When, some 20 years ago, the "cognitive revolution" was already well underway, the lines that were drawn by the neo-cognitivists were indeed, as Simon ( 1980) wrote, and as I wrote earlier ( Amsel, 1965), between investigations involving humans and animals as subjects. When the work involved people as the laboratory subject, psychologists were, of course, concerned with processes they regarded as primarily human: remembering and forgetting of verbal material--and later of visual and auditory material--processing____________________