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Week Ten Notes

by: Grace Gibson

Week Ten Notes 4150

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Systems and Theories
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Date Created: 03/10/16
● when behaviorism was huge, animals were used really commonly in psychology  labs  ● psychology students all got animals and trained them and used them in  psychology  ● when psychologists began to view animals as similar to humans, behavior  expanded because animal studies became one of the major areas of behaviorism  ● something cool they found is that ants can’t cross a chalk line  ● There was a horse raised in Germany named Hans who was raised by Wilhelm  Ostein  ● Ostein raised Hans like you would raise a child by talking to him constantly  ● he drilled him on numbers and counting   ● ostein never got any money for this  ● he just put on demonstrations for free  ● Hans could do addition and subtraction and other tricks  ● he became a celebrity    ● Thorndike said that if behavior leads to satisfaction, the SR bond will be stamped  in and the behavior will be more likely to reoccur  ● The Law of effect basically says that if  you do something and it leads to  something good, you will be likely to do that particular thing again  ● e.g. if you tell your girlfriend or boyfriend how nice they look, and you get an  affectionate kiss from them, this is satisfying and it makes us more likely to  compliment them again  ● e.g. if you put on a particular outfit you’ve been saving and several people  compliment you, you are more likely to wear the outfit again  ● e.g. if you ask a question in class and the professor praises you on how insightful  your question is, you are more likely to ask more questions in that class  ● e.g. you go to a new restaurant and the food is delicious, and you are more likely  to go back to that restaurant  ● this rule really exerts a controlling effect on our behavior  ● it’s really a simple rule and it dictates behavior but it’s hard for people to take  things seriously  ● the other half of the law of effect is that if a behavior leads to a state of  dissatisfaction, the SR bond will be weakened and the behavior will be less likely  to reoccur  ● e.g. somebody asks a question in class and the teacher criticizes them, and then  they won’t ask questions in class anymore  ● e.g. if you shut your hand in the car door, then you are going to be very cautious  when closing doors from now on  ● Thorndike predicted all these behaviors  ● Thorndike had his usual problem where he was only able to demonstrate the first  part of this law in the laboratory but was not able to demonstrate the second part  (bad things) in the laboratory 


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