Examples of Classical Conditioning

_blbullet.gif (682 bytes)Your romantic partner always uses the same shampoo. Soon, the smell of that shampoo makes you feel happy.

_blbullet.gif (682 bytes)The door to your house squeaks loudly when you open it. Soon, your dog begins wagging its tail when the door squeaks.

_blbullet.gif (682 bytes) The nurse says “Now this won’t hurt a bit” just before stabbing you with a needle. The next time you hear “This won’t hurt” you cringe in fear.

_blbullet.gif (682 bytes) You have a meal at a fast food restaurant that causes food poisoning. The next time you see a sign for that restaurant, you feel nauseous.

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