Belongingness Principle

Belongingness principle or the principle of belongingness explains that concepts, elements, or skills are more easily learned if they are perceived as belonging together. For instance, “shining yellow sun” will be better remembered as compared to “dull looking flower”. This psychology of learning principle is under “Learning by Ideas” which is composed of theories in the 1930s as a result of observing humans instead of animals. Belongingness principle was adapted from Thorndike’s Law of Belongingness which states that a reward or punishment should be highly associated with the situation.

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