In a class as informative as psych 1001, it can be difficult to filter and comprehend the amount of information being taught, but even more difficult of an endeavor is remembering the knowledge one has accumulated. But from this individual's perspective, perhaps the most vital and memorable piece of information to take away from such a course comes in the form of Pavlov's classical conditioning, the form of learning in which animals come to respond to a previously neutral stimulus that had been paired with another stimulus that elicits an automatic response. Out of all the forms of conditioning, the one that vehemently resonated with me, personally, came from Pavlovian conditioning- whether from unconditioned stimuli, which elicits an automatic response-or a conditioned stimulus, which is the initially neutral stimulus that comes to elicit a response due to association with an unconditioned stimulus. The importance from all this knowledge comes from the ability to habitually learn, or in some cases, train someone to consistently do something, which can be a powerful tool. Although Pavlov conducted the conditioning on animals of lesser intellect, this process can be used on humans of all ages. And from my personal vantage point, it's an extremely useful procedure that can change the learning habits of even the most sophisticated humans. Whether you choose to take it or leave, there is no avoiding the value in Pavlov's classical conditioning, something that can resonate in the memories of students for years.
Pavlov: Conditioning for the Ages
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