Classical conditioning - VCE U4 Psych

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This files accompanies a video on my youtube channel 'Psyccounting'. It goes through the definition of Classical Conditioning along with the 5 elements of C.C, with 2 examples to reinforce concepts of C.C

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Classical conditioning - VCE U4 Psych

  1. 1. Classical ConditioningDefinition: learning throughrepeated association of 2 ormore stimuli
  2. 2. Elements of Classical Conditioning Element Definition Examples Neutral A stimulus (prior to Bell, foods (that Stimulus conditioning) that subsequently result in doesn’t evoke a an aversion as a result response of food poisoning)Unconditioned Any stimulus which Meat powder (Pavlov’s Stimulus produces a (naturally dog), contaminated pie occurring) automatic (naturally results in response illness/nausea) Conditioned A stimulus (that is Sound of a Stimulus neutral at start of bell, sight/smell of conditioning process meat pie & does not normally produce UCR) through repeated association with CS triggers same response as UCS.
  3. 3. Elements of Classical Conditioning Element Definition ExamplesUnconditioned Occurs Salivation in response Response automatically when to smell of meat UCS is presented, powder, illness in (it’s reflexive/ response to eating involuntary) contaminated food Conditioned Is behaviour - which Salivation in response Response is similar (BUT NOT to the sound of a bell, NECESSARILY THE SAME) to the UCR, nausea in response to which is triggered by site/ smell of a pie. the CS after conditioning. Conditioned responses are Learned (KEY POINT)
  4. 4. Application of C.C• Example 1• Drew goes to a restaurant and orders Scallops, the Scallops turn out to be contaminated and Drew suffers from a bad case of food poisoning.• Now whenever Drew sees or smell scallops he feels nauseous:• Required – Identify the NS, UCS, CS, UCR, CR
  5. 5. Solution – to example 1 Neutral StimulusUnconditioned Stimulus Conditioned StimulusUnconditioned Response Conditioned Response
  6. 6. Solution – to example 1 Neutral Scallops StimulusUnconditioned Contamination (of Scallops) Stimulus Conditioned Sight/ smell of Scallops StimulusUnconditioned Illness – food poisoning as a result of Response eating contaminated scallops Conditioned Feeling nauseous at sight/ smell of Response scallops
  7. 7. Application of C.C• Example 2• Lebron waits for the train at Box Hill station one night and gets beaten up by a gang of thugs resulting in various painful injuries• Now Lebron feels highly anxious when in the vicinity of the Box Hill train station:• Required – Identify the NS, UCS, CS, UCR, CR
  8. 8. Solution – to example 2 Neutral StimulusUnconditioned Stimulus Conditioned StimulusUnconditioned Response Conditioned Response
  9. 9. Solution – to example 2 Neutral The Box Hill train station StimulusUnconditioned Getting beaten up by thugs Stimulus Conditioned Being in the vicinity of Box Hill train Stimulus stationUnconditioned The painful injuries resulting from the Response beating by the gang of thugs Conditioned Feeling highly anxious when in the Response vicinity of the Box Hill train station

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