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Reaction Paper: Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning is a psychological model that is based on Pavlov’s experiments regarding triggers and characteristic responses. Classical condition is a highly interesting phenomenon because psychologists use it to explain many different human behaviors. I believe that this is an interesting process because it is learned rather than instinctual. For example, the brain has its own way of automatically reacting to stimuli, such as removing your hand from a hot surface. We are all born with these nervous impulses and don’t need to learn what to do in these situations. Classical conditioning is more of a taught process. In Pavlov’s experiments, he essentially taught dogs that ringing a bell means that food would be brought to them. After several trials, the dogs would begin to salivate even if food wasn’t brought to them. This showed that classical condition is a valid psychological concept and there is a connection between the conditioned and unconditioned stimulus.