Lights Off Theory

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The study of Psychology allows many opportunities to further investigate theories which can help facilitate understanding the way the human mind works. One aspect within psychological research, we would like to propose today is the way young children learn through Classical Conditioning. “Classical conditioning is a form of learning that has a powerful effect on attitude” (Wood & Wood, 1999, p. 133). As noted by Wood & Wood (1999), “psychologists cannot observe learning directly, but must infer that it has occurred; they draw inferences from changes in observable behavior or in measurable capabilities and attitudes” (p. 133). The problem with such a broad scope of psychological research methods creates barriers as to how and to what extent …show more content…
According to Schunk (2012), “Classical conditioning is a multistep procedure that initially involves presenting an unconditioned stimulus (UCS), which elicits an unconditioned response (UCR).” In Pavlov’s experiment with the dogs, the stimulus in phase 1 was UCS which represents the food the dogs would get. The UCR is the response from the dogs which is the salivation, what the dogs did when they saw the person with the food (Schunk, 2012). With this process (Lights on Lights off), the lights are the trigger which is a very ethical process. According to Essential Ethics for Psychologists, “Principle A: Beneficence and Non- Maleficence: Psychologists strive to benefit those with whom they work and take care to do no harm.” Where Pavlov’s method used with the dogs and seemly the children was a shock method, which is inhumane.
The classical conditioning is the method that will be used with the lights on, lights off system for the children to move on to the next phase of the day. By using the lights on, lights off method, the children will begin to develop a system that will help them to know that it is time for the next step. “Pavlov often used a ticking metronome as the neutral stimulus (Schunk, 2012).” Lights on, lights off will be that neutral stimulus for the children to response so that the next phase of their day can
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Since the teacher will be turning the lights off when it’s time for the children to prepare for lunch time, the children too should begin to associate the teacher and the lights going off as lunch time approaching. In the scenario, the children will begin to clean up as soon as the lights go off. Another possibility is that the children will not associate with the teacher with lunch and need additional prompts. It is also a possibility that the children will not associate the lights going off as a prompt for lunch time and will require additional

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