The Way Young Children Learn Through Classical Conditioning Essay

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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 experimental research can operate within ethical guidelines. Young children do not understand the abstract concept of time” (Lee, Lee, & Fox, 2009, p. 191). How is it possible for young children to know when it is time for lunch? What properties of the term “cleanup time” affect a child’s overall perception and emotions? And how do children associate one concept with another? “Children develop time concepts more effectively when time is connected meaningfully with their lives or events/ tasks (Seefeldt, as cited in Lee, Lee, & Fox, 2009 p.191). Our proposal identifies the association between turning off the lights and food. By using preexisting evidence from Nobel Prize winner Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), we will attempt to describe…

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