Classical Conditioning

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Classical Conditioning Theory
Magda Murillo de Potes
PSY 383
Psychology
January 23, 2013

Introduction
Classical conditioning is a very popular theory in these times that is used to treat phobias and anxiety problems. In addition, teachers use this theory to create positive environments in their class rooms to prevent anxiety and other behavior problems in their students. This theory is also used to help pets and humans to modify their negative behaviors. Furthermore, it is used in TV commercials as advertisement tactic to persuade and induce the public to purchase or consume as well as prefer certain products or brands over others simply through association (Psychology about.com). Explanation of Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning is a very important theory of learning discovered by Ivan Pavlov. According with this theory, humans and animals can learn new or modify old behaviors through association after an experience or stimuli. Once a human or animal is conditioned by the stimuli, would automatically have the same reaction every time that it has to face those stimuli (Psychology about.com). Personal Experience of a Classically Conditioned Response

Six years ago I got in a plane to go back to my country, after we went through turbulence due to the bad weather the plane was forced to descend before the final destination. At that moment I enter in a panic stage screaming and shaking. After that day, every time that I have to get in a plane I get very anxious to the point that my doctor have to prescribe me antianxiety medication two weeks prior to the fly to help me control my panic to planes. Neutral Stimulus (NS)

In my case the neutral stimulus (NS) is the air planes.
Unconditional Stimulus (UCS)
In my case, the unconditional stimulus (UCS) is the panic to fly, or the anxiety that generates me the idea to fly. Unconditional Response (UCR)
The unconditional response or (UCR) in my case is the fear that is automatically activated every...
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