Classical Conditioning in the Real World
Geraldine had an automobile accident on the corner of 32
Street and Cherry Avenue.
she approaches the intersection now, she begins to feel uncomfortable; her heart begins to beat
faster, she gets butterflies in her stomach, and her palms become sweaty.
Did some of her
autonomic responses become classically conditioned on the day of the accident?
What was the conditioned stimulus?
The conditioned stimulus is the Intersection.
What was the conditioned response?
The conditioned response is anxiety about the
Will she get over her response to the intersection? Eventually after she passes through the
intersection safely a few times she will get over it.