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PSYC 2010: Chapter 6

by: Ashleigh McClure

PSYC 2010: Chapter 6 PYSC 2010 - 006 (Psychology, Lucia Lazarowski, Intro to Psychology)

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PSYC 2010 Chapter 6: Learning Exam 2 Concepts: -Conditioning -Little Albert Experiment -Punishment -Reward
Intro to Psychology
Lucia Lazarowski
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Date Created: 10/09/16
Chapter 6: Learning 9/21/16 1:58 PM • Learning ○ A relatively lasting change in behavior, due to experience § Is adaptive □ Nurture side of debate ® What foods and objects are dangerous ® What sights and sounds signal danger ® Basic abilities ® Social rules □ Nature side of debate ® No learning is required ® Adaptive ® Reflexes ◊ Infant reflexes } Rooting reflex – Baby turning it's head to the side to try and feed } Grasp reflex – Baby will hold your fingers } The moro reflex – Baby will throw hands out to catch itself if falling § Behaviors without warning □ Startle to loud noises □ Blink to puffs of air □ Cry/get upset when injured □ Salivate to food ® Unconditioned Response (UR) ◊ A response we exhibit without prior warning } Example – Startling to loud noises ® Unconditioned Stimulus ◊ Elicits a response without any learning } Example – The loud noise • Classical Conditioning ○ Behavior that comes from associating two things together § Example □ Krispy Kreme sign is associated with salivation □ Sight of needles is associated with anxiety □ Dog bowl is associated with salication □ Creepy music is associated with being nervous ○ Conditioned Stimulus leads to Conditioned Response ○ History § Ivan Pavlov □ Salivary reflex § After a while something strange started to happen □ Dogs would salivate when Pavlov would walk into the room and not just the food § Pavlov's Experiment □ Step 1 ® Establish reflex ◊ Food (US) will cause dog to salivate (UR) □ Step 2 ® Neutral stimulus ◊ Bell } Had no meaning to dogs because they had never heard a bell ring □ Step 3 ® Pair NS + US ◊ Pavlov would ring the bell every time the dogs would get food □ Step 4 ® Present the NS alone ◊ Ringing the bell without feeding the dog would cause the dog to salivate } The bell has become the CS } Salivation is the CR • Little Albert Experiment ○ James Watson § Are fears the result of conditioning / experiences? § Wanted to elicit a fear in the baby □ Step 1 ® Strikes metal gong which startles Albert and made him cry □ Step 2 ® Paired a rat with the loud noise of the gong which caused Albert to cry □ Step 3 ® Albert associated the loud noise with the rat and started fearing them • Process of Conditioning ○ Stimulus Generalization } Conditioned Response generalizes to stimuli that are similar to the conditioned stimulus □ Examples ® Being scared of snakes but by default also worms, garden hoses, ect ® Little Albert being scared of white beards, fuzzy pillows and rabbits. ○ Special Cases } Taste aversion conditioning □ Long gap □ Aversion develops after just one experience } Evolutionary meaningful associations □ Snakes □ Spiders □ Heights ○ Applications } Treatment of phobias } Wildlife management □ Example ® Coyotes were given tainted sheep meat and they stopped killing them } Substance abuse treatment MONDAYS CLASS Operant Conditioning • Punishment ○ When a behavior's outcome makes it less likely to occur again } Example □ Getting a speeding ticket for driving over the speed limit ○ Types } Behavior can be decreased by different kinds of punishment □ Positive Punishment (+) ® Receiving something undesirable ◊ Pain, embarrassment, extra work □ Negative Punishment (-) ® Receiving something desirable ◊ Time-out, loss of privilege + - Negative Reinforcement Negative Reinforcement R- R+ Positive Punishment Negative Punishment P+ P- ○ Punishment vs. Negative Reinforcement } What is the behavior? } What is the consequence that follows? □ Is the consquence added or removed? □ Does the behavior change? ○ Problems with using punishment } Not as effective as reinforcement □ Does not teach what is correct } Often implemented incorrectly □ Must be applied immediately □ Lying/avoidance □ Fear/anxiety ○ Corporal Punishment } Poor parent/child relationship } Mental health problems } Modeling violence □ Alternatives ® Time-outs ® Small fines ® Removal of privileges ® Reinforcement • Ways We Learn ○ Classical conditioning Operant conditioning ○ } Reinforcement and punishment


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