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This chapter introduces the concept of determinism. In the first part of this chapter two related learning paradigms will be presented: “classical conditioning” and “operant conditioning”. These paradigms give experimental demonstrations for the determinism of “behavior”, that is, the notion that “behavior” is determined by cause-and-effect relationships. In the second part of this chapter, the concept of determinism will be introduced in the context of the physics perspective of the nature of humans and animals.


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  • Till Frank
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  1. 1.Dept. Psychology and PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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