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a relatively permanent change in an organism’s behavior due to experience

learning

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learning that certain events occur together; the event may be two stimuli (as in classical conditioning) or a response and its consequences (as in operant conditioning)

Associative learning

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the process of learning associations

conditioning

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a type of learning in which an organism comes to associate stimuli; a neutral stimulus that signals an unconditioned stimulus (US) begins to produce a response that anticipates and prepares for the unconditioned stimulus; AKA: Pavlovian or respondent conditioning

classical conditioning

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the view that psychology (1) should be an objective science that (2) studies behavior without reference to mental processes; most research psychologists agree with __ but not with __

Behaviorism12

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in classical conditioning, the unlearned, naturally occurring response to the unconditioned stimulus (US), such as salivation when food is in the mouth

Unconditioned response (UR)

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in classical conditioning, a stimulus that unconditionally (naturally and automatically) triggers a response

Unconditioned stimulus (US)

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in classical conditioning, the learned response to a previously neutral (but now conditioned) stimulus (CS)

Conditioned response (CR)

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in classical conditioning, an originally irrelevant stimulus that, after association with an unconditioned stimulus (US), comes to trigger a conditioned response

Conditioned stimulus (CS)

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the initial stage in classical conditioning; the phase associating a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus so that the neutral stimulus comes to elicit a conditioned response; in operant conditioning, the strengthening of a reinforced response

acquisition

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the diminishing of a conditioned response; occurs in classical conditioning when an unconditioned stimulus (US) does not follow a conditioned stimulus (CS); occurs in operant conditioning when a response is no longer reinforced

extinction

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the reappearance, after a pause, of an extinguished conditioned response

spontaneous recovery

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the tendency, once a response has been conditioned, for stimuli similar to the conditioned stimulus to elicit similar responses

generalization

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in classical conditioning, the learned ability to distinguish between a conditioned stimulus and stimuli that do not signal an unconditioned stimulus

discrimination

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a type of learning in which behavior is strengthened if followed by a reinforcer or diminished if followed by a punisher

Operant conditioning

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behavior that occurs as an automatic response to some stimulus; Skinner’s term for behavior learned through classical conditioning

Respondent behavior:

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behavior that operates on the environment, producing consequences

Operant behavior

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Thorndike’s principle that behaviors followed by favorable consequences become more likely, and that behaviors followed by unfavorable consequences become less likely

Law of effect

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a chamber containing a bar or key that an animal can manipulate to obtain a food or water reinforcer, with attached devices to record the animal’s rate of bar pressing or key pecking; used in operant conditioning research

Operant chamber (Skinner’s box)

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an operant conditioning procedure in which reinforcers guide behavior toward closer and closer approximations of the desired behavior

shaping

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in operant conditioning, any event that strengthens the behavior it follows

reinforcer

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increasing behaviors by presenting positive stimuli, such as food

Positive reinforcement

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any stimulus that, when presented after a response, strengthens the response

positive reinforcer

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increasing behaviors by stopping or reducing negative stimuli, such as shock; is not punishment

Negative reinforcement

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any stimulus that, when removed after a response, strengthens the response

negative reinforcer

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an innately reinforcing stimulus, such as one that satisfies a biological need

Primary reinforcer

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a stimulus that gains its reinforcing power through its association with a primary reinforcer

Conditioned (secondary) reinforcer

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reinforcing the desired response every time it occurs

Continuous reinforcement

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reinforcing a response only part of the time; results in slower acquisition of a response but much greater resistance to extinction than does continuous reinforcement

Partial (intermittent) reinforcement

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in operant conditioning, a reinforcement schedule that reinforces a response only after a specified number of responses

Fixed-ratio schedule