Helplessly Hoping - -1PsychSim 5: HELPLESSLY HOPING Name:...

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-1 PsychSim 5: HELPLESSLY HOPING Name: Laura Johnston Section: Modules 41 - 43 Date: November 1, 2009 Learned Helplessness Briefly describe the animal experiments that lead Seligman to the theory of learned helplessness. The first experiment was when a dog was placed into a shuttle box. The shuttle box consisted of two compartments both when an electrical shock component on the bottom of it divided by a barrier. The dog would be placed on side A of the shuttle box. An electrical shock would be delivered to this side. The dog would jump and move around until accidentally jumping over the barrier. Once on the now safe side, B, the electrical shock would be delivered to this side. Again the dog would jump and move around until accidentally jumping over the barrier. After several tests the dog would soon learn that once the shock was felt to jump over the barrier. The second experiment was the same except a light would turn on seconds before the electrical shock was given. Again the dog would avoid the shock by jumping over the barrier. Soon the
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2011 for the course PSYC 140 taught by Professor Glackin during the Fall '09 term at Metropolitan Community College.

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