Little Albert

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  • Little Albert was a baby that was experimented on to see if emotional reactions could be classically conditioned. The experiment was overseen by a man called Watson
  • Little Albert was exposed to things such as white rat, a dog, fire and a monkey these were labelled: the neutral stimuli. Little Albert showed no fear towards these and in fact was quite happy
  • Then Watson paired the neutral stimuli with a long bang which he created by banging a metal rod. This caused the baby to cry and move away from the animal creating an unconditioned response
  • The pairing was then repeated several times to create an association between the animals and little Albert
  • After the repetition whenever little Albert saw a white fluffy animal he would start crying and even move away from it. Therefore the neutral stimulus has become the conditioned stimulus and the neutral response became the conditioned response
  • The results showed that the classical conditioning had been a success as little Albert now was frightened by anything white and fluffy
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