Classical Conditioning Theory Term Paper by Nicky

Classical Conditioning Theory
A review of the theory of classical conditioning.
# 148795 | 1,025 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2011 in Psychology (Theory)

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The paper outlines the classical conditioning theory and how it can be used in training animals and in eliminating undesirable behaviors in people. The paper describes several experiments that illustrate how classic conditioning works and how they can help a student develop learning and behavioral processes throughout his or her life. The paper contains a table.

From the Paper:

"As shown, this can be used in just about any scenario. For example, it can be used in feeding your cats. First, you open a can of cat food. The cats meow and realize they are going to enjoy dinner. When you open the cat food, you stand in a specific area of the kitchen, at a specific time (while you are making dinner). After a time, the cats respond to you standing in this specific location around dinnertime, whether you are opening a can of cat food or not. They have learned the response from the UCS of the cat food and the CS of the specific location in the kitchen, and expect the results, kitty dinner. The cats have no control over their response to the cat food, so this too, is an example of classic conditioning.
"This response happens over time, it does not happen immediately. The same would be true of training someone to pick up their clothes and put them in the clothes hamper, or a teacher helping students overcome a phobia. In that scenario, the teacher uses some type of reward for the student, such as a treat or a small prize. The student receives the treat after they complete a set of math problems (overcoming math phobia). After a while, the phobia disappears as they look forward to receiving the treat, rather than dreading doing the math problems. They have mastered their phobia, and classic conditioning is often used in learning environments to master phobias and fears."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abbott, L. (2003). Classical conditioning. Retrieved 22 May 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin Web site:
  • Huitt, W., & Hummel, J. (1997). An introduction to classical (respondent) conditioning. Retrieved 22 May 2009 from the Valdosta State University Web site:
  • Millis, K. (2003). Classical conditioning. Retrieved 22 May 2009 from the Northern Illinois University Web site:

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