This discussion has two options. Select one of the
options and indicate which one you chose in your response.
Learning through classical conditioning occurs across the lifespan. It can be
associated with pain (like a trip to the dentist), or with pleasure (like the
endorphins released in response to exercise). Select one example of learning
that can occur through classical conditioning. You cannot select Pavlov’s
experiment that is described in your textbook. Clearly describe your
learning example, and detail each of the following for the example you
- Unconditioned stimulus > Unconditioned Response
- Conditioned Stimulus > Unconditioned Response
- Conditioned Stimulus >Conditioned Response
Ten-year-old Billy has started to use foul language in casual conversation just
as his mother does. She laughs when Billy uses this language and does not see it
as an issue. It is only when Billy gets in trouble and his mother is called to
the school that she recognizes there may be a problem.
As Billy’s school teacher, explain and provide examples of how you would help
him overcome the use of this foul language through operant conditioning (e.g.,
you may use positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, punishment).
Lastly, what advice would you give to Billy’s mom about how she might deal with
this problem at home? Be sure to explain the role observational learning plays
in this behavior, and what his mother could do differently to help him avoid