What is Classical Conditioning?

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What is Classical Conditioning?

This type of learning takes advantage of the fact that certain stimuli can produce certain types of desirable (or undesirable) behaviors. For example, if stimulus A generates response A, but if stimulus B is paired with stimulus A (while generating response A), then later in time, stimulus B alone will be able to generate response A. In the article “Food Dudes”, classical conditioning is not used, but here is a theory on how it could be used to create a positive response in children. We know that children find Tom & Jerry cartoons very enjoyable. Now, if we pair a desired number of servings of fruits or vegetables with the showing of cartoons, I believe we could generate a positive response in children regarding the consumption of fruits and vegetables. As time passes, children may discover the enjoyable qualities of fruits and vegetables.

Additional Reading:

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1. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM IV)
2. Organic Disorders
3. Major Depressive Disorder vs Dysthymic Disorder
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5. What is Observational Conditioning?
6. What is Operant Conditioning?
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8. What is Dementia?
9. What is Normal Aging?
10. Factors Promoting Poor Prognosis in Schizophrenia
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