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Chapter 6: Learning

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In chapter 6 of the Lilienfeld text, the focus is on classical conditioning, operant conditioning, cognitive models of learning, biological influences on learning, and the effectiveness of different learning styles. What struck me in particular was the research and discoveries of Ivan Pavlov. Pavlov's classical conditioning experiments used canines and he studied the responses of these canines to hearing the sound of a bell, and feeding them.
I found it fascinating how upon hearing the bell, the dog had learned to expect food immediately afterwards and would begin to salivate, even though this should not have been an expectation, the dog had been conditioned over time to act this way.
I also found it incredibly interesting that classical conditioning can take place in people who are in a vegetative state. This was discovered by playing a musical note and then using a puff of air to induce blinking. Eventually, when the music note would be played, blinking would take place, even though there was the absence of the puff of air.

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