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James C. Denniston

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 34: Recent Trends in Classical Conditioning

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Recent Trends in Classical Conditioning
Recent trends in classical conditioning

When most people hear the words “Pavlovian conditioning” or “Pavlov” they conjure a mental image of a dog salivating to the sound of a bell that has been previously paired with food. Although such an awareness of this basic learning process is surprising widespread, it is equally noteworthy that most people's understanding of conditioning is restricted to this particular example. Pavlovian conditioning leads to a rich form of learning that allows animals to anticipate, and consequently prepare for, important events in their environment. Over the past few decades, our knowledge of the nature and mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioning has evolved dramatically from the layperson's understanding of the conditioning process to that of a rich form of ...

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