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In this paper we will be exploring Learning Psychology and how it affects our societal gender roles. We will be looking at how our brain is trained to associate certain objects to certain gender stereotypes, and then we will be looking at why we follow societal stereotypes in the first place. First we will look at neutral stimulus. Neutral stimulus is something that causes no response until an individual is conditioned to respond to it. In todays society we are conditioned to associate flowers with beauty and women. Without conditioning, when you looked at a flower you would just think it’s a flower. However, if you were told that someone was wearing a flower in their hair, you would automatically assume their gender was female. This is because we have been conditioned to associate flowers with women since we see pictures of women and flowers in make-up and magazines, and flower smelling fragrances for women to smell "feminine". Therefore, our brains have been conditioned to associate a flower with stereotypical ideas of being female. This new association to the flower being feminine is called a conditioned stimulus. A conditioned stimulus is a stimulus …show more content…
This can come about through a process called latent learning. Latent learning is learning that occurs passively and typically goes unrecognized until the time comes to display the behavior. An example of this would be a daughter watching her mother. If a child ' s mother has embraced society 's female stereotypes, then through watching her mother put make-up on every morning, style her hair, clean the house, and paint her nails, she will be more accepting of female stereotypes once she matures and hits adolescents. She will also be more likely to be confident in her sexual identity since she feels confident in how she should behave as a woman, because she learned the behavior early on through watching her

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