Unit 4: Pavlov Classical Conditioning Conditioning refers to learning that takes place over a number of trials. In this unit, we will learn about Pavlovian conditioning (also known as Classical conditioning), a specific type of conditioning that the psychologist Ivan Pavlov proved during a set of experiments. We will learn how Pavlovian conditioning takes place and how it is maintained, reviewing ways in which this type of conditioning applies to human behavior.
Unit 4 Time Advisory
This unit will take 8 hours to complete.
☐ Subunit 4.1: 1.5 hours
☐ Subunit 4.2: 3 hours
☐ Subunit 4.3: 3 hours
☐ Subunit 4.4: 1.5 hours
Unit4 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Explain the development and importance of Pavlov’s investigations into classical conditioning.
- Differentiate between unconditioned stimuli and unconditioned reflexes as well between conditioned stimuli and conditioned reflexes.
- Explain the process of extinction in classical conditioning.
- Identify the difference between contingency and contiguity.
- Compare and contrast three theories of classical conditioning.
4.1 Ivan Pavlov
- Web Media: Ken Tagen’s “Ivan Pavlov”
Link: Ken Tagen’s “Ivan
Instructions: Please read this entire webpage for an introduction on Pavlov. This page has a great link to a video (YouTube) on Ivan Pavlov. Please review this reading and also watch the video for additional information on this seminal researcher’s background.
4.2 Basic Tenets of Classical Conditioning
- Web Media: YouTube: Philip Zimbardo’s “Classical Conditioning
Link: YouTube: Phillip Zimbardo's "Classical Conditioning—Ivan
Instructions: Please view this entire 4-minute video. This video is narrated by one of the pre-eminent psychologists of our time. If interested, you can visit Dr. Zimbardo’s website.
4.3 Classical Conditioning and Everyday Life - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Classical Conditioning” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.
4.4 Classical Conditioning: Additional Concepts
- Reading: Psych Web: Dr. Russ Dewey’s “Extinction and Spontaneous
Link: Psych Web: Dr. Russ Dewey’s “Extinction and Spontaneous
Instructions: Please read the entire webpage.