Classical and Operant Conditiioning

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General Psy Monday 6:30-9:30pm Wrighting Assignment 1

Have you walked into the pet store and went to buy pet treats? Which one stands out the most? Most would see the yellow bag of Beggin Strip. Beggin strips has a very humorous form of classical conditioning in there commercial. It starts out with the dog lying on the bed, he hears the bag open. The smell travels up the stairs, across the street to the neighbor’s dog. The smell even traveled to Paris, France where French poodle was standing by the Eiffel Tower. Once the dog smells the treats he takes off running down the stairs where he sees the women in the kitchen. As the dog continues running downstairs he saying repeatedly “bacon.” The women proceeds to say “who wants Beggin strips”, the dog very hyper, thinks “me, me, me, I would get it myself but I don’t have thumbs.” The lovely lady kneels down and give him one while she rubbing and petting him. The neutral stimulus in this commercial is when the bag opens and the graphic of the smell. This is the neutral stimulus considering the smell of treat bacon treats has no effect. A dog can smell several different things and won’t bring out any response. The unconditioned stimulus is the treats due to the fact that treats are a dog favorite, when the dog knows they are getting a doggy treat. It’s gets real excited and starts begging. This brings out the conditioned response when compared with the conditioned stimulus the smell brings out the begging and excitement the dog is doing in the commercial. Excitement does not have to be previously learned nor taught. This also is unconditioned response. When the neutral stimulus is compared with the treats you get the conditioned response, when learning the smell of the treats will eventually overtime bring out the excitement and the begging the dog is doing.

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