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

     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.
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