Writing #2

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When first given two seemingly unrelated occurrences such as a metronome and salvation, it seems silly for one to cause the other. But as Ivan Pavlov's Classical Conditioning proves, the clicks of the metronome (conditioned stimulus) occurring before the food is presented (unconditioned stimulus) condition the dog to salivate (unconditioned response) eventually without the food (conditioned response). At first, this flow chart seemed quite confusing. But after realizing how frequent classical conditioning happens, the relationship between two apparently random occurrences seems logical. Classical conditioning happens right here in my dorm! When someone flushes a toilet while the shower is going, the shower stutters for a couple seconds and then becomes scathingly hot. Soon after realizing that the shower became hot after a flush, I moved out of the water when the shower would stutter to avoid the hot water.
In the youtube video, a college student tests Pavlov's conditioning on his roommate. The student presses a button before shooting his roommate with an airsoft gun. Soon, the roommate realizes that after hearing the button get pressed, he's going to get shot by the gun.
I find the idea of classical conditioning extremely interesting. The suggestion of the ability to associate and almost allow predictions to be made between two occurrences makes me think deeper into the human (and animal) mind. How long does it take for the brain to make connections between two things? It seems like a more complex relationship would take longer to develop. Does classical conditioning work on all animals? When animals adapt to different foods or styles of eating is that considered classical conditioning? Does it work on all ages of humans? Can just an infant create relationships between two things? With the case of baby Albert, how long would the baby react to a rat in a negative way? Would baby Albert forever fear rats?


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