Classical Conditioning

  • Pavlov’s Drooling Dogs, Watson’s scares Baby Albert, and various Applications
    • Responding to Predictors of naturally important events
    • Automatic Learning & Unlearning
  • The Learning Process:
    • Original Situation: Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS) –> Unconditioned Response (UCR)
      • /\(00)/\    –>    :-O
    • Neutral Stimulus (Basement) –> No Particular Response
    • But then . . . in the Basement, you see  /\(00)/\    –>    :-O     Several Times!
    • Now when you think about going into the Basement    –>    :-O 
    • The originally Neutral Stimulus (Basement) is now a Conditioned Stimulus (CS) leading to a Conditioned Response (CR)  :-O
  • In words: Initially, seeing Spiders made you feel Fear. At some point, Spiders invaded your Basement.  Then each time you went into the Basement, you would see Spiders which made you scared. Now you feel Fear simply thinking about going into the Basement. 
    • Original Situation: UCS (Spiders) –> UCR (Fear)
    • Association Process: CS (Basement) –> UCS (Spiders) –> UCR (Fear) – Repeatedly?
    • Association Established: CS (Basement) –> CR (Feeling Fear thinking about going into the Basement)
  • We will discuss the unlearning process & a sampling of real-world examples of this Classical Conditioning process.