classical conditioning

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Definition of classical conditioning

: conditioning in which the conditioned stimulus (such as the sound of a bell) is paired with and precedes the unconditioned stimulus (such as the sight of food) until the conditioned stimulus alone is sufficient to elicit the response (such as salivation in a dog) — compare operant conditioning

First Known Use of classical conditioning

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Classical conditioning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classical%20conditioning. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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classical conditioning

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: conditioning in which the conditioned stimulus (as the sound of a bell) is paired with and precedes the unconditioned stimulus (as the sight of food) until the conditioned stimulus alone is sufficient to elicit the response (as salivation in a dog) — compare operant conditioning

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