Reflection On Classical Conditioning

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1. Behavior:
¬ I would like to increase my physical activity by doing more cardio activities to improve my overall health
2. Describe:
¬ When school started, I set a goal to work out every day after school; however, after my classes are finished each day, I look at my schedule and realize how much homework I have and how little time I have to complete it. Thus, I push back exercising until it is too late and it is time to go to sleep.
¬ I have decided that if I eat extremely healthy throughout the weekdays and set a goal for only one or two cheat meals on the weekends, then I do not have to exercise during the week or at least not as much.
¬ When I do not have homework, work, or have something else to do, I like to do things for myself like
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One may conclude that the acquisition (4) formed between anxiety and exercise was most definitely provoked by my injury due to classical conditioning (4). In terms of classical conditioning, exercising could be considered my unconditioned stimulus (4), which was previously attached to the unconditioned response (4) of happiness; however, the injury, which could be considered the conditioned stimulus (4) in this situation caused the previously enjoyable activity to become associated with anxiety, the conditioned response (4). Also, considering classical conditioning requires repetition, since pain was and still sometimes is associated with exercise, then the acquisition (4) between the two has been formed and stimulus extinction (4) has not yet occurred. Furthermore, although my injury was obtained while playing soccer, I have developed a stimulus generalization (4) of all activities associated with …show more content…
I can monitor my daily activities for one week, then I can identify three to four thirty-minute time slots that I could use for physical activity. Secondly, I could select activities requiring minimal time, such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, or thirty-minute exercise videos. Thirdly, I could choose activities involving minimum risk, so I do not harm myself. Finally, I could select activities that require minimal facilities or equipment, such as walking, jogging, jumping rope, non-equipment cardio and strength building workouts, or ab exercises.
¬ Along with the introduction of these new behaviors to my current behavior(s), I could start to reward myself when I exercise in order to change my behavior; this action is known as operant conditioning (4). For example, I could use ratio intermittent reinforcement (4), meaning that every week that I exercise three times throughout the week, I could allow myself to add one more cheat meal to my weekend.
¬ Furthermore, I could also use classical conditioning in order to change my behavior. For example, in order to remove my anxiety associated to exercise, I could choose activities involving minimal pain to my knee, the conditioned stimulus, then without the pain I will eventually associate happiness, the conditioned response, with exercise

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