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Watson and Rayner created an experiment about classical conditioning. Watson wanted to show that emotional reactions could be classically conditioned.
Watson exposed range of different stimuli to Little Albert. these included: white rat, rabbit, monkey, masks (NS) and the baby showed no fear (NR)
Little Albert was exposed to a white rat (NS) again but this time a loud noise was made behind him with a metal pole and hammer (USC) causing Little Albert to cry (UCR).
this was repeated several times so that Little Albert had now associated the white rat with fear (CR).
after repetition, whenever the baby saw the white rat it would start to cry. therefore the NS became the CS and the NR became the CR.
although the study had many ethical issues, the classical conditioning was a success. Little Albert kept his fear of white rats along with a fear of other furry objects.
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