This blog post will explore classical conditioning, a type of learning that takes place when ais continuously matched with a .
Classical conditioning first became popular in the 1800’s and was studied extensively by scientists like Ivan Pavlov and John B. Watson. In classical conditioning, a stimulus (e.g., an unconditioned stimulus) elicits a response that is usually automatic and unlearned.
When this happens repeatedly without any other stimuli present, the unconditional response eventually becomes associated with another stimulus or event (the conditioned one). An example of classical conditioning would be dogs salivating when they hear a bell ringing because the sound of the bell has been continuously paired with food over time. The dog does not need to see or smell anything– just hearing the sound will elicit their typical reaction to eating something yummy! A good way to think about it is as follows: __ = __ + __; where your initial __ can stand for almost any type of sensation like taste,