Watson's Little Albert Case Studies

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So far we have been learning about different psychological behaviors and the research done by famous psychologists who conduct behavior modifications projects to study the human behaviors. We have learned that each project was directed to explain how these behaviors are interacted with the environment to influence behavior and development. One behavior modification study that has been controversial is, Watson’s Little Albert, which was done by behaviorist John B. Watson and Rosalie Raynor. The Little Albert experiment was a case study that showed empirical evidence of classical conditioning in humans.

The type of learning that was demonstrated in this study was hypothesizing fearful response in children to loud noises is an innate unconditional response. This type of test was a following response to a procedure known as the, “classical conditioning.” The unconditioned response to condition a child to fear a distinctive stimulus that normally would not be
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Any behaviorists believed that all behaviors are a result of conditioning. Any person, regardless of his or her background, could be trained to act in a particular manner given the right conditioning. A conditioning that occurs thorough interaction with the environment, our responses to environmental stimuli shapes our actions. There are two types of Behavioral Conditioning: classical conditioning and operant conditioning.

Classical conditioning is a technique used in behavioral training in which a naturally occurring stimulus is paired with a response. Neutral stimulus is paired with the naturally occurring stimulus. The previously neutral stimulus comes to evoke the response without the presence of the naturally occurring

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