Learning, Motivation, and Cognition: The Functional Behaviorism of Robert C. Bolles
The past half-century has seen a dramatic shift in the biobehavioral study of learning and motivation. Fifty years ago, theory was dominated by mechanistic ideas about drive, reinforcement, and temporal contiguity. Now ethological and cognitive themes have become part of the lexicon. Robert C. Bolles, PhD, whose classic book Theory of Motivation marked the downfall of Hullian drive theory, was at the forefront of this emerging school of thought, advocating a new blend of psychology and ethology. This volume reflects his influential scholarship and shares the same themes that guided his thinking: behavior and function. In Learning, Motivation, and Cognition, Bolles's former students, contemporaries, and colleagues continue his legacy in writing about these themes.