Learn about Conditioning Behavior in this educational video from dizzo95.
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This graphical representation of the classical conditioning phenomenon illustrates IP pet labs famous experiment with dogs. Pet lab conducted the experiment to show how learning or the acquisition of skills is acquired. The learning principle involves making a dog salivate when a light flashes. For learning to occur, the dog is put through a number of trials. One trial consisted of the dog starting in the training situation then food is presented and this becomes the unconditioned stimulus. The dog’s reaction, salivation, is the unconditioned response. The food is then presented simultaneously with a flash of light. The light is the condition stimulus. The food is withdrawn but the light is flashed on in the hope of eliciting the salivation response. This sequence is repeated several times until the dog salivates to the flash of the light. When this happens salivation is now the conditioned response. The graph goes on to show the dramatic fall of extinction. This occurs when the dog is continually presented with the condition stimulus even when he is no longer hungry and the condition response no longer occur. Retraining occurs at a faster rate.