Classical Conditioning Body Language Analysis

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1. What is the role of classical conditioning in interpreting/understanding the body language of others? Explain.
Classical Conditioning is all about how an animal/human learns to predict an upcoming event based on a stimulus. Because of Classical Conditioning which involves brain substrates that work out in specific detail, from sensory input to commands produces motor responses, which is why Classical Conditioning is heavily studied. Through learning about Classical Conditioning it can play a key role in understanding the body language of others. For example, when a child lives around in an abused home, a child flinches whenever someone tries to physically touch hi or when a person raises their hand. The child has been condition to react
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We can use Classical Conditioning to modify one’s behaviors and also to understand body language. Understanding the process of Classical Conditioning we can learn to understand why people behave to certain stimuli. With the understanding of blocking (training of one cue blocks the training of a second cue when paired together), error correction (outcome is surprising modulates amount of learning taking place), and Rescorla Wagner model (to help us understand others behavior. Can help us understand why someone flinches, claps their hands, raises their hand in class, and so on. Classical condition helped us to create some of the body language we experience today, such as biting nails or thumb sucking. The Classical Conditioning process, using US (a cue that has biological significance and evokes a natural response), UR (natural occurring response to unconditioned stimulus), CS (cue paired with US and elicits CR), and CR (trained response to CS in anticipation of US which is predicted) helps us understand and predict events/behaviors. These four concepts play a key role in how people learn/modify behaviors that involve body …show more content…
For example, you know that when your mother crosses her arms and stares at you that means she is angry and is about to yell at your for something. Over the years, you have been exposed to that behavior and have become classically conditioned regarding how your mom acts when she is mad/angry at you, which has to deal with the process of Classical Conditioning. Using Aversive conditioning, when mom crosses her arms she is mad/angry and starts yelling and you suspect that behavior and to avoid her yelling at you, you apologize to her or calm her down before she starts to yell at you. Also, Appetitive Conditioning can also be used. Through body language one can experience predicting a satisfying event or predict and avoid an unsatisfying event based on the body language being presented from someone you are familiar with. This is a big part of the Classical Condition response in how you learned to react to a person’s body language which they have become conditioned to act through Classical Conditioning and you have been conditioned and exposed to how a person’s acts, which you also have been classically conditioned to their behaviors. One can learn how to read and understand/interpret behaviors of others through Classical

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