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habituation

an organisms decreasing response to a stimulus with repeated exposure to it.

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associative learning

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

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classical conditioning

a type of learning in which one learns to link two or more stimuli and anticipate events.

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behaviorism

the that psychology (1) should be an objective science that (2) studies behavior without reference to mental processes. Most research psychologists today agree with (1) but not with (2).

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unconditioned response (ur)

the unlearned naturally occurring response to the unconditioned stimulus (us), such as salivation when food is in the mouth.

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unconditioned stimulus (us)

a stimulus that unconditionally - naturally and automatically - triggers a response

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conditioned response (cr)

the learned response to a previously neutral (but now conditioned) stimulus (cs)

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conditioned stimulus (cs)

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

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acquisition

in classical conditioning, when one links a neutral stimulus and an unconditioned stimulus so that the neutral stimulus begins triggering the conditioned response. In operant conditioning, the strengthening of a reinforced response.

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higher-order conditioning

a procedure in which the conditioned stimulus in one conditioning experience is paired with a new neutral stimulus, creating a second (often weaker) conditioned stimulus. For example, an animal that has learned that a tone predicts food might then learn that a light predicts the tone and begin responding to the light alone

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extinction

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 enforced

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spontaneous recovery

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

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generalization

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

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discrimination

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

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learned helplessness

the hopelessness and passive resignation an animal or human learns when unable to avoid repeated aversive events.

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respondent behavior

behavior that occurs as an automatic response to some stimuli

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operant conditioning

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

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operant behavior

behavior that operates on the environment, producing consequences

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law of effect

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

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operant chamber

in operant conditioning research, a chamber (also known as a "Skinner Box") containing a bar or key that an animal can manipulate to obtain a food or water reinforcer; attached devices record the animal's rate of bar pressing or key pecking

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shaping

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

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discriminative stimulus

in operant conditioning, a stimulus that elicits a response after association with reinforcement (in contrast to related stimuli not associated with reinforcement)

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reinforcer

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

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positive reinforcement

increasing behaviors by presenting a positive stimuli, such as food. A positive reinforcer is any stimulus that, when presented after a response, strengthens the response.

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negative reinforcement

increasing behaviors by stopping or reducing negative stimuli, such as shock. A negative reinforcer is any stimulus that, when removed after a response, strengthens the response. negative reinforcement is not punishment

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primary reinforcer

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

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conditioned reinforcer

a stimulus that gains its reinforcing power through its association with a primary reinforcer; also known as a secondary reinforcer.

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continuous reinforcement

reinforcing the desired response every time it occurs.

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partial (intermittent) reinforcement

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.

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fixed-ratio schedule

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

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variable-ratio schedule

in operant conditioning, a reinforcement schedule that reinforces a response only after a specified time has elapsed.

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fixed-interval schedule

in operant conditioning, a reinforcement schedule that reinforces a response only after a specified time has elapsed

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variable-interval schedule

in operant conditioning, a reinforcement schedule that reinforces a response at unpredictable time intervals

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punishment

an event that decreases the behavior it follows

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cognitive map

a mental representation of the layout of one's environment. For example, after exploring a maze, rats act as if they have learned a cognitive map of it.

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latent learning

learning that occurs but is not apparent until there is an incentive to demonstrate it.

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insight

a sudden and often novel realization of the solution to a problem

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intrinsic motivation

a desire to perform a behavior effectively for its own sake

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extrinsic motivation

a desire to perform a behavior to receive promised rewards or avoid threatened punishment

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observational learning

learning by observing others. Also called social learning

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modeling

the process of observing and imitating a specific behavior

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mirror neurons

frontal lobe neurons that fire when performing certain actions or when observing another doing so. The brain's mirroring of another's action may enable imitation and empathy.

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prosocial behavior

positive, constructive, helpful behavior. The opposite of anti-social behavior

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Albert Bandura

Bobo doll guy. Children learn through imitation. Antisocial models have antisocial effects, pro social models have pro social effects.

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John Garcia

Conditioned Taste Aversions.

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Ivan Pavlov

Father of Classical Conditioning. Dogs and their saliva

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Robert Rescorla

interested in instrumental learning

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B.F. Skinner

Operant Conditioning. Skinner box, positive / negative reinforcement

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Edward Thorndike

Reinforcement is more effective than punishment.

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Edward Tolman

Behaviorist. Non-reinforcement theorist.

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John B. Watson

Used Classical Conditioning towards advertising. Created the coffee break.