classical conditioning

noun

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

Examples of classical conditioning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an example of classical conditioning, ferrets trained to associate a signal with a stimulus that causes a blink at regular intervals will blink at the appropriate moment after hearing the signal alone. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 28 May 2021 In the mid-20th century, Paramecium actually got the Pavlov’s dogs treatment (also called classical conditioning) several times. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 28 May 2021

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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 23 May. 2022.

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classical conditioning

noun

Medical Definition of classical conditioning

: 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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