PY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Applying Classical Conditioning
Classical conditioning is a form of associative learning, learning produced by the pairing of
stimuli and responses in time and place. It contributes to likes and dislikes, emotional reactions,
and reflex-like responses to things. Below, explain the situation being described in terms of
classical conditioning. For each description, identify or suggest the US, UR, CS, CR, as well as
the principles likely to be at work.
While caring for a friend’s dog, you notice that it displays a fear-like posture as you roll up a
newspaper. You try this several times more and become convinced that this dog is generally
afraid of rolled up newspapers.
Joan, an animal trainer, has been phobic about monkeys since an earlier attack. However,