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Classical Conditioning Paper




PSY 390: Learning and Cognition


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Classical Conditioning Paper

            Classical Conditioning was discovered by Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist who thrived to understand the world of behaviorism. “Classical conditioning is a learning process that occurs through associations between an environmental stimulus and a naturally occurring stimulus” (Cherry, 2011). Classical conditioning is one of the most well-known aspects of behavioral learning and has affected science and psychology ever since it was created. There are many different situations in which classical conditioning can be used in order for one to have a successful learning process. Charts can be used to demonstrate the use of classical conditioning to train an individual to behave a certain way. For example, classical conditioning could be an effective method in training a dog to sit on command. This will require reinforcements and consistency. However, in classical conditioning, the individual has no control over reinforcement. “It occurs when the experimenter wants it to occur. In other words, in classical conditioning, reinforcement is not contingent on any overt response made by the organism” (Olson & Hergenhahn, 2009). 

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