20 Classical Conditioning Examples in Everyday Life Explained (2023)

What is conditioning | What is classical conditioning | Examples | Basics | Properties

In this article, we will examine classical conditioning, the simple process of creating an association between two different stimuli to create new learning.

What is Conditioning in Psychology

In the study of psychology, conditioning is the process of pairing two stimuli together so that if one stimulus can trigger a reaction, the other can do the same, too, simply by learned association.

You can easily find classical conditioning scenarios in everyday life.

For example, whenever you come home wearing a baseball cap, you take your child to the park to play. So, whenever your child sees you come home with a baseball cap, he is excited because he has associated your baseball cap with a trip to the park.

This learning by association is classical conditioning.

What is Classical Conditioning in Psychology

Classical conditioning, also called Pavlovian conditioning and respondent conditioning, is learning through the association of a neutral stimulus with a biologically potent stimulus. The biologically potent stimulus is an involuntary response also known as reflex or reflexive response.

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Classical conditioning was discovered by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov as he studied the digestive system of dogs in the early 1900s​1​.

Here is Pavlov’s famous dog experiment demonstrating the classical conditioning theory of learning.

Pavlov observedthat his dogs would salivate every time he entered the room, whether or not he brought food, because the dogs had associated his entrance into the room with being fed.

Pavlov then conducted a series of experiments using different sound-making objects to condition the dogs’ behavioral responses. In Pavlov’s experiment, he sounded a bell whenever he fed his dogs. After several repetitions, the dogs began salivating as soon as they heard the sound – even before they saw the food.

Soon after, he started ringing the bell without giving them any food. Still, Pavlov’s dog would continue to salivate at the sound without the sight of food. The sound of a bell had become associated with food, and the salivation response had become a learned response. The sound of the bell became a conditioned stimulus.

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Classical Conditioning Examples

Here are some examples of Ivan Pavlov classical conditioning in everyday life.

1. A warm and nurturing teacher motivates students

A warm and nurturing teacher (US) makes students feel connected (UR). Students associate going to school (CS) with the teacher. Therefore, students learn to enjoy going to school (CR)​2​.

It is one of the positive classical conditioning examples for students.

2. A harsh and strict teacher demotivates students

A harsh and strict teacher (US) makes students feel bad (UR). Students associate going to school (CS) with the harsh teacher and learn to feel bad about going to school (CR).

It is one of the most common classical conditioning examples in the classroom where students are unmotivated to learn.

3. Fear of dogs

A child sees a dog attack a person. It’s a very frightening experience (UR). Dogs are generally neutral stimuli (US) that many people find adorable. But to this child, after this incident, he’s scared (CR) whenever he sees a dog (CS).

4. Food aversion

Food poisoning can lead to a phobia of a specific food. The first time someone eats a certain food (US) and gets sick from it, they may associate the food with feeling awful (UR). The food’s appearance, smell, or taste (CS) can evoke an intense dislike or even fear in the person (CR).

5. Anxiety over needles

Here is one of the most common classical conditioning real-life examples for parents.

Getting a flu shot (US) hurts and makes a child cry (UR). The child associates the needle (CS) with getting hurt and cries at the sight of the needle (CR).

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6. Stage fright

A child is laughed at (US) when he gave a presentation in class and he felt ashamed (UR). Now every time he has to speak up in front of people (CS), he feels nervous and fearful (CR).

7. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that results from exposure to a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or violent crime (US). Patients were victims or witnesses who experienced intense fear (UR) in the event. Location, objects, or sound are cues that could be associated with it. When such a cue is present (CS), it can trigger flashbacks and intrusive thoughts (CR) in sufferers.

8. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

OCD is characterized by intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and the need for repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions). Obsessions commonly involve germs, contamination, doubts, order, and symmetry.

The obsession often develops through respondent conditioning. A person who has associated a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus is likely to feel anxious and obsessive upon further encounters with the neutral stimulus. These obsessive thoughts are conditioned responses.

9. Praises encourage a child to feel happy about their good behavior

A parent’s praise for a child’s good behavior (US) makes them feel proud (UR). The child associates the behavior (CS) with the praise and feels proud (CR).

10. Parent turns homework into misery

If parents yell at their kids (US) for not doing homework, they feel miserable (UR). They will learn to associate homework (CS) with misery and dislike it (CR).

11. Parent turns homework into a game

Playing games with the parent (US) makes a child happy (UR). The child associates homework doing (CS) with playing games and learning to feel good about doing homework (CR).

12. Anxious about exams

Whenever a child fails an exam, they get punished (US) by their parents. The child then associates exams with bad consequences that create anxiety (UR). When the child takes an exam again (CS), they will automatically become nervous (CR).

13. Getting A’s

A child who gets all A’s on his report card is praised and rewarded by his parents (US), making him feel good(UR). Exams (CS) are associated with pride and confidence (CR) instead of anxiety and fear for him.

14. Crave for hotdogs

Every time a father brings his son to a football game, he buys him a hotdog. The child loves the feeling (UR) of spending time with his father (US). Even as an adult, he still craves hotdogs (CR) when he attends a game (CS).

15. Parents’ angry expression

When parents get angry and are about to yell, their faces and body gestures show certain angry expressions. Yelling and scolding (US) can scare small children into crying (UR). When these kids see a grownup with those expressions (CS), they spontaneously cry (CR).

16. Advertising

Most children love playing with other kids (US). It is fun and makes them feel happy (UR). When a child sees a group of children playing with a toy in a commercial, they associate the toy (CS) with happy feelings (CR) and want to play with it, too.

17. Cellphone ring tone

People associate cellphone ring tones (US) with different feelings. If a person receives calls from friends, which makes them feel connected and happy (UR), they will learn to feel happy (CR) by just hearing the tones by themselves (CS).

18. The bread-baking aroma in an open house

It has long been known that real estate agents bake bread during open houses. The aroma of baking bread is often associated with memories of childhood (US) that make people feel reminiscent (UR). Upon smelling that scent (CS) again during the open house, a person is more likely to feel at home (CR).

19. Festive music

The holiday season (US) is usually a joyful time of year filled with music, gifts, and laughter (UR). During the holiday shopping season, department stores often play holiday music (CS) to evoke a festive and generous feeling (CR).

20. Dog-walking

Walking with its owner (US) is exciting for a dog (UR) who stays inside all day. So, when it sees its owner change into a sweatshirt, put on a coat, and grab the keys, it knows they’re going out. These actions alone (CS) can excite the dog (CR).

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The Basics of Classical Conditioning

Let’s go over the mechanics of classical condition. There are multiple steps of classical conditioning. At each stage, stimuli and responses are identified by different terminology.

The three stages of classical conditioning are before acquisition, acquisition, and after acquisition.

Phase 1: Before Acquisition

Before classical conditioning begins, the unconditioned stimulus (US) produces an unconditioned response (UR) in an individual naturally. This is a reflex reaction that doesn’t require training or practice. It is also called the primary reinforcer.

E.g.: In Pavlov’s experiment, feeding dogs food (US) naturally causes them to salivate (UR). This reaction was an unconditioned reflex.

In this stage, neutral stimuli (NS) do not trigger an unconditioned response. A new neutral stimulus could be anything, e.g. a sound, smell, taste, object, scene, etc. It doesn’t produce a response until it is paired with the unconditioned stimulus.

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E.g.: Ringing the bell (NS) by itself did not elicit salivation (UR) in Pavlov’s dogs initially.

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Phase 2: Acquisition

During acquisition, the neutral stimulus is paired repeatedly with the unconditioned stimulus to form an association.

Generally, it takes the pair of stimuli multiple pairings to become associated. But sometimes, the association can be formed by a single NS-US pairing without repetition.

E.g. A dog barked (NS) and then bit (US) a child’s leg. The child was very scared (UR). When this child hears a dog bark again (CS), they tremble with fear (CR). This learning process only took one pairing to complete.

Phase 3: After the acquisition

The neutral stimulus becomes a conditioned stimulus (CS). The conditioned stimulus can trigger the same response as the unconditioned stimulus can, even when it is not present. When the involuntary response is triggered by a conditioned stimulus, it is called the conditioned response (CR). The conditioned response is a learned response. The conditioned response and unconditioned response are usually the same or similar responses.

E.g. After being paired repeatedly with food (US), the sound of the bell (NS), a previously neutral stimulus, could cause the dogs to salivate (CR) by themselves.

Properties of Classical Conditioning

Different results can be observed depending on the application of classical conditioning. Here are the properties and different types of classical conditioning.

Temporal Relationship

Normally, for classical conditioning to occur, the conditioned stimulus needs to be presented before the unconditioned stimulus. When a conditioned stimulus comes before the unconditioned stimulus, the learning process is called forward conditioning​2​. On the other hand, backward conditioning introduces the conditioned stimulus after the unconditioned stimulus ends.

There are three types of forward classical conditioning. They affect the strength and effectiveness of learning differently.

  • Delay – presents the CS, followed immediately by the US​3​.
  • Trace – introduces a time gap between the end of the CS and the start of the US.
  • Simultaneous – the two stimuli, CS and US, show up and disappear at the same time.

Associative learning is usually stronger and faster when delay conditioning is used, compared to trace conditioning. As the gap in trace conditioning is lengthened, it becomes harder to form an association​4​.

In most situations, delay and trace conditionings perform better than simultaneous and backward conditioning​. Research also shows that backward conditioning doesn’t work in many situations​5​.


  • Extinction – stopping previously conditioned responses.
    In Pavlov’s experiment, if he stops giving his dogs food when he rings the bell, the dogs will eventually stop salivating at the sound.
  • Spontaneous recovery – the sudden return of the previously extinct behavior.
    After the learned behavior is extinct, it may return suddenly and this phenomenon is called spontaneous recovery.
  • Extinction burst – a temporary increase in frequency, duration, or magnitude of the extinct behavior.
    Sometimes, during the extinction process, conditioned behavior may temporarily increase instead of decrease because the individual is trying to bring back the unconditioned stimulus.
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Stimulus & Fear Conditioning

  • Stimulus generalization – when a new stimulus that is similar to the conditioned stimulus can evoke the same conditioned response without the need to condition.
  • Stimulus discrimination– is the opposite of generalization. It’s the ability to discern between two similar stimuli.

The infamous Little Alert experiment demonstrates the concept of stimulus generalization well. In this controversial study, researcher John B. Watson conditioned baby Albert to be afraid of a white rat (CS) by pairing it with a frightening clanging sound (US). After repeatedly making a loud sound whenever the child touched the animal, baby Albert became scared simply by seeing the animal (CR).

Watson found that the baby’s fear of the white rat wasn’t limited to only white rats. The baby became scared of other small animals, too, such as white rabbits or dogs. The poor child also became scared of white soft objects such as white cotton balls. So the fear of one stimulus was generalized to the fear of other stimuli that shared similar properties.

Fear conditioning doesn’t always require repetitions to form. Sometimes, one traumatic experience is enough to create associative learning and generalization to other stimuli.

Here is another example of classical conditioning in everyday life. When driving through an intersection, you were hit by a car that ran a red light and got severely injured. You are now fear-conditioned to feel nervous whenever you drive towards an intersection, any intersection, not just the one you got hit in. The anxiety can be so high that you don’t want to drive ever again. That is how stimulus generalization creates anxiety disorders.

Classical conditioning created by an extreme aversive event like this can be very powerful and result in phobia, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)​7–9​. Studies have shown that some patients with PTSD have lower stimulus discrimination​6​ leading to difficulty in extinction.

Higher-Order Conditioning

  • First-order – learning is obtained by associating a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus.
  • Second-order conditioning – learning by pairing a neutral stimulus with a stimulus that has previously been converted into a conditioned stimulus through first-order conditioning.
  • Higher-order conditioning – learning is acquired by pairing a neutral stimulus with another stimulus previously conditioned. Higher-order conditioning is intrinsically weaker than its first-order counterpart. But the strength can be increased by using a robust unconditioned stimulus​7​.

There are three phases in second-order conditioning. In the first training phase, a CS1 conditioned stimulus is presented before the unconditioned stimulus (US) to establish a conditional relationship. In the second phase, a second conditioned stimulus (CS2) is followed by CS1, so that finally, CS2 evokes the same conditioned response (CR) even though CS2 was never directly paired with the US​8​.

Second-order and higher-order classical conditioning are employed frequently in consumer product marketing. For example, a sports personality is associated with an exciting game. When a product company uses a sports personality to promote its product, the goal is to foster associations between the product and the positive feelings from attending an exciting sports game​5​.

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How Taste Aversion is Acquired

To survive in a world with varying food types and sources, humans and animals are wired to learn which food is safe and which is not safe to eat.

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When you eat a sickness-inducing food (US) that causes nausea (UR), the combination of the smell and taste of food (CS) becomes associated and you learn to avoid or dislike food with that smell and taste.

Taste aversion learning is one of the strongest types of responses that can affect human behavior. It only takes a single instance of the condition because if it signals ‘danger’, you have the last chance to refrain from ingesting the food​9​.

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Final Thoughts on Classical Conditioning

Real-life examples of classical conditioning often occur unconsciously. Even though when used appropriately, it can be beneficial, there is a good reason why behaviorism has fallen out of favor – it is too simplistic​10​.

Pavlov’s theory originates from extensive research done on lab animals. But humans are not lab animals. Learning by association is a lot more complicated when applied to humans because our behavior is often motivated by more than just the environment.

For instance, over-praising may not be a good thing.

Whenever possible, parents should utilize intrinsic motivation to entice learning in children rather than extrinsic motivation.

To account for conditioning in voluntary behavior, American psychologist B.F. Skinner proposed the operant conditioning theory. Later, Skinner became the founder of behaviorism and his theory was an important pillar in behaviorism psychology.

Also See: Classical Conditioning vs Operant Conditioning


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What are some examples of classical conditioning in everyday life? ›

For example, whenever you come home wearing a baseball cap, you take your child to the park to play. So, whenever your child sees you come home with a baseball cap, he is excited because he has associated your baseball cap with a trip to the park. This learning by association is classical conditioning.

What are the 5 classical conditioning? ›

There are five key elements of classical conditioning: neutral stimulus, unconditioned stimulus, conditioned stimulus, unconditioned response, and conditioned response. Understanding these elements is necessary to understanding classical conditioning.

What is classical conditioning explain it with 2 examples? ›

Classical conditioning definition

When you learn through classical conditioning, an automatic conditioned response is paired with a specific stimulus. This creates a behavior. The best-known example of this is from what some believe to be the father of classical conditioning: Ivan Pavlov.

What are some examples of classical conditioning in the classroom? ›

Conditioning in the Classroom: 4 Examples

Perhaps students have music class before lunch every day. Halfway through music class, their stomachs may begin to rumble, similar to the salivation of the dogs in Pavlov's experiment. The children may actually start to associate music class with hunger.

Is smoking an example of classical conditioning? ›

Classical conditioning suggests that when smoking repeatedly follows a neutral stimulus, conditioned responses should develop to that stimulus. Researchers Dr. Lazev and colleagues demonstrated that smoking cues can trigger cravings for tobacco, making quitting difficult and relapse more likely.

How does classical conditioning help with daily life? ›

Classical conditioning explains many aspects of human behavior. It plays an important role in generating emotional responses, advertising, addiction, psychotherapy, hunger etc. Classical conditioning also finds its application at school, post traumatic disorders or associating something with the past.

What is classical conditioning in human behavior? ›

Classical conditioning refers to learning that occurs when a neutral stimulus (e.g., a tone) becomes associated with a stimulus (e.g., food) that naturally produces a behaviour. After the association is learned, the previously neutral stimulus is sufficient to produce the behaviour.

How is classical conditioning used in schools? ›

Teachers can apply classical conditioning in the class by creating a positive classroom environment to help students overcome anxiety or fear. Pairing an anxiety-provoking situation, such as performing in front of a group, with pleasant surroundings helps the student learn new associations.

Which is an example of classical conditioning quizlet? ›

You eat a new food and then get sick because of the flu. However, you develop a dislike for the food and feel nauseated whenever you smell it. This example is classical conditioning because the increased heart rate is an automatic response.

What are example of classical conditioning in the workplace? ›

Classical conditioning in business refers to generating responses favorable to the product even though there might not be a direct relationship between the product and the desired response. For example, a customer might buy a certain shampoo not because it works better but because the bottle is pretty.

What is an example of classical conditioning in biology? ›

The most cited example of classical conditioning is Ivan Pavlov's experiments with dogs (Figure). In Pavlov's experiments, the unconditioned response was the salivation of dogs in response to the unconditioned stimulus of seeing or smelling their food.

What is an example of classical conditioning in an infant? ›

The infant can become conditioned to the nipple (now a conditioned stimulus, CS) so that sucking occurs as soon as the baby sees a nipple (now a conditioned response, CR). Little Albert was conditioned to be afraid of white rats. Learning is based on the relationship between one's own behavior and reward or punishment.

Can you use classical conditioning on yourself? ›

Well, yes, you can train yourself to act in certain ways. For some people, they use classical conditioning to break bad habits. Such as if a person were to have a bad habit of biting their nails, they would wear bad-tasting nail polish, wear gloves, etc.

How does McDonald's use classical conditioning? ›

a. The McDonald's ads are using priming and classical conditioning to create a conditioned response in customers. The customers see the ads and salivate or feel hungry. The ad serves as a conditioned stimulus and the response is a conditioned response to the food.

Is smell classical conditioning? ›

In classical conditioning, a conditioned response is a learned response to a previously neutral stimulus. For example, the smell of food is an unconditioned stimulus, a feeling of hunger in response to the smell is an unconditioned response, and the sound of a whistle when you smell the food is a conditioned stimulus.

Is depression a classical conditioning? ›

Therefore depression is the result of a person's interaction with their environment. For example, classical conditioning proposes depression is learned through associating certain stimuli with negative emotional states.

Can emotions be classical conditioning? ›

any negative emotional response, typically fear or anxiety, that becomes associated with a neutral stimulus as a result of classical conditioning. It is the basis for conditioned suppression.

How does classical conditioning affect our eating habits? ›

How does classical conditioning affect our eating habits? You eat when you're conditioned to eat, not when you are hungry. The smell and taste of food triggers the digestive system.

Which of the following is the best example of classical conditioning? ›

The most famous example of classical conditioning was Ivan Pavlov's experiment with dogs, who salivated in response to a bell tone.

How can classical conditioning be used in parenting? ›

Here are some examples of classical conditioning: Example 1: A father comes home and slams the door when he has had a bad day at work. Then it's usually followed by him yelling at his children for random reasons. So the kids have learned to associate door slamming with being yelled at.

How is classical conditioning used in childcare? ›

Teachers can use classical conditioning to help children overcome some anxiety-provoking contexts. For instance, providing consistent reassurance and support may help a child who is anxious about reading aloud start to feel more calm and comfortable.

Which of the following best describes classical conditioning? ›

Which of the following statements best describes classical conditioning? It is a learning process in which a neutral stimulus becomes associated with an innately meaningful stimulus and acquires the capacity to elicit a similar response.

Which of the following is an example of a conditioned response? ›

Trained dog salivates when you ring a bell is an example of conditioned reflex.

Which one of the following is an example of operant conditioning? ›

The correct answer is C. When a dog plays dead she gets a treat in order to encourage her to repeat the behavior. The dog has learned that she will get a treat, positive reinforcement, for playing dead in this example. This is explained through operant conditioning of associating rewards with a behavior.

Is PTSD an example of classical conditioning? ›

5: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) represents a case of classical conditioning to a severe trauma that does not easily become extinct. In this case the original fear response, experienced during combat, has become conditioned to a loud noise.

What is an example of classical conditioning in animals? ›

One of the best known examples of classical conditioning may be Pavlov's experiments on domestic dogs. Russian behaviorist Ivan Pavlov noticed that the smell of meat made his dogs drool. He began to ring a bell just before introducing the meat.

Is potty training an example of classical conditioning? ›

Answer and Explanation: Yes, potty training is an example of operant conditioning in the form of both positive and negative reinforcement.

What is classical conditioning sleep? ›

When people have experienced poor sleep for quite some time, the bed and poor sleep have been paired again and again. A kind of automatic learning, called 'classical conditioning', sets in. The bedroom becomes associated with being awake, alert, frustrated and/or worried, rather than with feeling relaxed and sleepy.

Can anxiety be classically conditioned? ›

Anxiety can be learned through a type of learning called classical conditioning. This occurs via a process called paired association. Paired association refers to the pairing of anxiety symptoms with a neutral stimulus.

Is fear a classical conditioning? ›

Researchers have been quite successful in pinpointing the specific brain areas that govern fear responses and fear learning. Fear conditioning is a form of classical conditioning, the type of associative learning pioneered by Ivan Pavlov in the 1920s.

Can humans be conditioned like animals? ›

Every event or occurrence from that point onward is tied to those feelings through stimulus-response conditioning. Just as Ivan Pavlov determined that animals can learn through classical conditioning, human responses can be conditioned through objects and events too.

Is Clockwork Orange an example of classical conditioning? ›

There are many instances of conditioning in A Clockwork Orange. Classical conditioning is blatantly apparent in the testing Alex undergoes to be “cured”. Alex was given a drug which made him sick. Therefore the drug is a UCS and he being sick is UCR.

What are the 4 types of conditioning? ›

The four types of operant conditioning are positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and negative punishment.

What are the 4 basic laws of classical conditioning? ›

The stages or principles of classical conditioning are acquisition, extinction, Spontaneous recovery, stimulus generalization and Stimulus discrimination.

What are the 4 categories in conditioning? ›

In Operant Conditioning Theory, there are essentially four quadrants: Positive Reinforcement, Positive Punishment, Negative Reinforcement, and Negative Punishment.

What are the types of conditioning? ›

There are 2 main types of conditioning in Psychology, namely classical conditioning and operant conditioning.

What are the 2 main types of conditioning? ›

Classical and operant conditioning are two central concepts in behavioral psychology. Both classical and operant conditioning are forms of associative learning using a behavioristic approach.

What are the 3 elements of classical conditioning? ›

There 5 key elements when discussing Classical Condition which are: Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS), Unconditioned Response (UCR), Neutral Stimulus (NS), Conditioned Stimulus (CS) and Conditioned Response (CR).

What are the 3 types of conditioning and learning? ›

There are three main types of learning: classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning. Both classical and operant conditioning are forms of associative learning where associations are made between events that occur together.

Which of the following is the best example of classical conditioning? ›

The most famous example of classical conditioning was Ivan Pavlov's experiment with dogs, who salivated in response to a bell tone.

Can you classically condition yourself? ›

Every event or occurrence from that point onward is tied to those feelings through stimulus-response conditioning. Just as Ivan Pavlov determined that animals can learn through classical conditioning, human responses can be conditioned through objects and events too.

What is an example of a conditioned response? ›

Some examples of conditioned responses include: If you witness a terrible car accident, you might develop a fear of driving. Many phobias begin after a person has had a negative experience with the fear object.

Which is the best example of operant conditioning? ›

Positive reinforcement describes the best known examples of operant conditioning: receiving a reward for acting in a certain way. Many people train their pets with positive reinforcement.

What are the 4 types of reinforcement examples? ›

There are four types of reinforcement. Positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, extinction, and punishment.

How many types of classical conditioning are there? ›

4 types of Classical Conditioning.

What is classical conditioning in child development? ›

First discovered by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), classical conditioning is a learning process governed by associations between an environmental stimulus and another stimulus which occurs naturally. All classical conditioned learning involves environmental interaction.

What is conditioning in education? ›

Conditioning is a form of learning in which either (1) a given stimulus (or signal) becomes increasingly effective in evoking a response or (2) a response occurs with increasing regularity in a well-specified and stable environment. The type of reinforcement used will determine the outcome.


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