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Activity 3:  A Thought Experiment on Conditioned Learning

Orientation:
This activity will have you apply what you have learned about conditioned learning.
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None needed.  
Student Observation Journal for Activity #3

Conditioned Learning in Everyday Experience

With your learning group, see if you can think of an everyday experience or behavior that might have been conditioned (as in the Pavlov dog experiments). Hints: have you ever housebroken a puppy? How did your mother get you to stop a certain behavior? How did your parents get you to do something you otherwise would not have done?

Testing the Possibility

See if you can design an experiment that could test whether such behavior is conditioned. You could imagine an animal or person who does not have the behavior and test a conditioning design on him or her to see if the new behavior would be acquired.

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