Psychology and Education

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Provide a real life example of classical conditioning from your life experience. Be sure to label the different components of classical conditioning in your example, namely:

Neutral Stimulus (NS)
Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS)
Unconditioned Response (UCR)
Conditioned Stimulus (CS)
Conditioned Response (CR)
Feel free to use TV commercials, music, fears or phobias, or other real world illustrations in your answer.

Here is an example post to help you get started:

“When I was a kid growing up in NY, my grandma lived in Queens in a two story brick semi-attached house near the park. Whenever I went to visit Grandma, she would always have the heat cranked up really high. As you might imagine, every time I went to visit her, I would sweat profusely. Eventually, over time, I would break out into a sweat before I even went inside Grandma’s house. I would just see her house, and start to sweat. This effect can be explained by classical conditioning, or the repeated pairing of one stimulus (the house) with another (the heat). In this example, Grandma’s house before conditioning or repeated pairing with the heat is the neutral stimulus (NS). The heat is the unconditioned stimulus (UCS) because it causes a response or reaction that did not have to be learned. It is innate or a reflex. Sweating in reaction to the heat is the unconditioned response (UCR). Again, this is an unconditioned response because your body does it automatically, without any thought. It is automatic. After repeated pairings, conditioning or learning takes place, and the neutral stimulus (NS) alone causes the sweating to occur. When the neutral stimulus (house) takes on the properties of the unconditioned stimulus (heat), conditioning or learning has taken place. In this example, Grandma’s house becomes the conditioned stimulus (CS), and sweating in reaction to just Grandma’s house (nothing else) is the conditioned response (CR).

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