BEH 225 Discussion Question - Week 3 DQ 1

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BEH 225 Week 3 Discussion Question #1 Provide one example each of classical and operant conditioning in your own life. Identify either the stimulus and response or reinforcers in each case. Which type would you prefer for learning and why? Classical conditioning is, essentially, using a benign neural stimulus to generate a specific and subconscious neural response (i.e. Pavlov's salivating dog, when a bell is rung). An example in my life is nausea at the smell of mashed potatoes. I was very ill as a child, and ate mashed potatoes since they were my favorite food. The stimulus (smell of potatoes) was associated with my illness (response) and reinforced by the prolonged sickness. Operant conditioning is using consequences to modify behavior, either to increase or decrease a voluntary behavior. Every time I spoke out of turn in class (behavior) my teacher
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Unformatted text preview: put me in time-out (consequence). Eventually, I would not speak out in class after multiple lessons by this (reinforcement). It is important for you to know that the major difference between the two is classical conditioning modifies antecedent behavior, while operant conditioning modifies behaviors. I prefer learning via operant conditioning, since it modifies my behaviors indirectly by changing my conscious choices. Classical conditioning has been tried to change many bad behaviors( alcoholism treatment with Anabuse, a drug that makes you vomit if you ingest alcohol, for example). Success rates are much higher when a person consciously learns the consequences of their actions and is re-trained to find those consequences to be undesirable....
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course BEH 225 taught by Professor Mrking during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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