Classical Conditioning

        There are many important concepts in psychology.  Classical conditioning is one of a number of important concepts.  The concept may explain a variety of phenomenon.  Thus, it is important to define classical conditioning.  What is classical conditioning?  Below is one definition of classical conditioning.

Classical Conditioning Definition:

  Classical conditioning is a type of conditioning and learning process in which something (conditioned stimulus) that had not previously produced a particular response becomes associated with something (unconditioned stimulus) that produces the response.  As a result, the conditioned stimulus will elicit the response that the unconditioned stimulus produces.
Classical Conditioning Examples:

There are a number of possible examples of classical conditioning.  Below are two classical conditioning examples.
Imagine that you took a trip with some friends.  You traveled down a winding road in the mountains.  You got car sick while traveling on this road.  While riding in the car, you ate an apple.  Now, you have nausea when you see an apple.  You do not eat apples anymore.  
      Now imagine you went on a date at a restaurant where the food was very good.  You really like the person and wish to go on another date with the person.  It is possible that your liking for the person is partly a reflection of classical conditioning.   The food at the restaurant can be considered an unconditioned stimulus that naturally produces a pleasant feeling.  The person may become associated with the food, and consequently you have a pleasant feeling about the person.