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 [lern´ing] (pl. learn·ing)
education (def. 2).
the acquisition of knowledge.
learning disorders a group of disorders characterized by academic functioning that is substantially below the level expected on the basis of the patient's chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.
lifelong learning the continuation of the process of education throughout life.


Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.
See also: conditioning, forgetting, memory.


/learn·ing/ (lern´ing) a long-lasting adaptive behavioral change due to experience.
latent learning  that which occurs without reinforcement, becoming apparent only when a reinforcement or reward is introduced.


1. The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
2. Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
3. Psychology Behavioral modification especially through experience or conditioning.


Etymology: AS, leornian, to learn
1 the act or process of acquiring knowledge or some skill by means of study, practice, or experience.
2 knowledge, wisdom, or a skill acquired through systematic study or instruction.
3 (in psychology) the modification of behavior through practice, experience, or training. See also conditioning.


1. Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.
See also: conditioning, memory
2. nursing Change in behavior (e.g., knowledge, skill, value/attitude) as result of experience.


an adaptive change in behaviour resulting from past experience. Learned behaviour is distinct from innate BEHAVIOUR, and may begin in the embryo. For example, a chick learns to peck because the heartbeat moves the head forward and causes the bill to open. Learning has been classified by the English behaviourist W.H. Thorpe (1902–86) as follows:
  1. habituation, where an animal is subject to repeated stimulation and may cease to respond.
  2. classical conditioning, resulting in a CONDITIONED REFLEX action.
  3. trial-and-error learning, as in rats learning to follow the correct route through a maze.
  4. latent learning, as in rats being allowed to run a maze without a final reward. Once given a reward their performance rapidly reaches that of rats rewarded throughout, thus they must have learnt something (latently) during the nonreward period.

It must be stressed that each of these categories overlap and that other classifications of learning are also accepted.


is used to mean (1) a relatively permanent change in behaviour as a result of experience, (2) the state of having knowledge or skills, (3) being in the process of acquiring knowledge or skills. explicit learning or knowledge is acquired through conscious, deliberate intention to master or understand a task; implicit learning or knowledge is acquired passively, without conscious awareness or deliberate effort; incidental learning or knowledge of a task is acquired unintentionally during the acquisition of another task.


Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.


n the process of acquiring knowledge or some skill by means of study, practice, and/or experience.
learning disability,
n an inability to learn at a rate comparable to most members of a peer group. Some learning disorders have been traced to nutritional and behavioral causes, others stem from trauma or disease, and still others have genetic origins.
learning domains,
n.pl the three spheres of learning–cognitive, affective, and psychomotor–that must be addressed by a teacher in order to influence behavioral change on the part of the learner. May be applied to the teaching of disease control.
learning-ladder continuum
n theory suggesting that learning takes place in sequential steps beginning with ignorance and culminating with habit. The process may be applied to the teaching of effective plaque control.


learning is remembering associations. A memory is essential to learning and animals have both a memory and the ability to learn in variable degrees. There are a number of ways in which learning can be achieved or facilitated: imprinting, especially of the neonate; conditioning, including simple association and instrumental and avoidance conditioning; operant conditioning; visceral learning; discriminative learning; generalization of stimuli; and habituation.

discriminative learning
the basis of Pavlovian research; teaching animals to choose the correct behavioral response by a positively reinforcing reward when they do.

Patient discussion about learning

Q. How can persons with autism learn best? The person with autism can’t concentrate on studies? How can persons with autism learn best?

A. Where have you read such a misguiding message? No one can say that the person with autism can’t concentrate on studies. They can be trained through specially-trained teachers, using specially structured programs that emphasize individual instruction; persons with autism can learn to function at home and in the community. Some can lead nearly normal lives.

Q. Do you want to learn how we got manipulated by some? I noticed an educational video about Asthma. I hope it helps. http://youtube.com/watch?v=jmuWKSRqvKI&featured=related Listen to eat and read my answer about it. Thank you for your patience.

A. Listen to what the man tells you right at the beginning of this video. "You are not alone... learning to CONTROL the SYMPTOMS of asthma and COPD... therefore more can be done to help you MANAGE YOUR SYMPTOMS and live a fuller life...". Do you hear what they say to you? Do they talk about curing you from Asthma? NO, they tell you to keep your symptoms and to learn to live with it. Are they interested that you get rid of your Asthma? NO, they just want you to keep it that way, but some shity drugs should keep you asthmatic, so that they can earn money with you... Listen exactly to what people tells you. Learn with this simple example the subtle way they pretend to help you, but they are absolutely not interested to cure you! Do you see the problem which is around us with such hypocrites/pretenders? I am grateful for this good bad example. Asthma can be cured, but you should not know about it. Please learn to understand. I thank you for your attention.

Q. Do you want to learn how we got manipulated by some? I noticed an educational video about Asthma here on this site. I hope it helps. http://youtube.com/watch?v=jmuWKSRqvKI&featured=related Listen to it and read my answer about it. Thank you for your patience. Does it help you to understand?

A. If you find another video or a text and you are not sure about the content, tell me about it and I will study it and present it here to help you understand with the community. In the moment that you start to listen and read between the lines you will got a kick, but a healthy one. We are here to help you and when I can also teach you this way and it helps you, I will do my best.

I am the topic-manager for "bipolar disorder", "depression" and new for "diabetes" too.

Read my answers with two critical eyes, test me, check me, check it out, to become a professional tester and checker in health and other themes. I check always first my doctors before I keep them. But then the distance is for me irrelevant, because such a good doctor is for me very precious!

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