Don’t you know that there is science behind your cravings for your favorite restaurant food or sweets when you think about them?
This science is also responsible for your excitement when you go out to work. It’s also the reason why you’re probably scared about the idea of hiking if you have fear of heights.
It’s even responsible for people’s urge to smoke cigarettes or drink coffee if they are addicted to nicotine and/or caffeine, respectively. This science what we call as classical conditioning, and you will realize here that it’s actually a part of our everyday reactions.
Classical conditioning is a type of learning that acquires new information and behavior based on associating a certain stimulation.
Many experts believe that classical conditioning deals with our reaction based on our experience. It’s also believed that classical conditioning refers to a learning process based on a paired stimulus. It’s where a strong stimulus is paired with a neutral-level stimulus in order to create a response.
The basics of classical conditioning was discovered by Ivan Pavlov. Several factors which employ classical conditioning were soon discovered after he discovered it.
These will be explained later on.
Firstly, let us take a look at Ivan Pavlov’s life and how he was able to develop classical conditioning.
IVAN PAVLOV – THE FATHER OF CLASSICAL CONDITIONING
Ivan Pavlov (September 14, 1849 – February 27, 1936) was the physiologist who discovered the learning process.
His childhood days in a church school in Ryazan showed a curiosity at a highly intellectual level that he calls his “instinct for research”. He got his ideas when he based Dmitry Pisarev and Ivan Sechenov’s ideals in physiology.
As a result, Pavlov started to focus on science and physiology and left he church school to attend …read more