little Albert

little Albert

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  • Aim- Watson and Rayner wanted to see if they could classically condition a phobic response to a white rat in Albert who was nine months old.
  • Procedure- Albert showed no fear to all stimuli 
  • Procedure- the loud noise from the metal pole startled Albert the first time. on the third strike of the pole Albert cried, this established the startle reflex.
  • Procedure- when watson paired the steel bar being hit with little Albert touching  the white rat, at first Albert was shocked but after a few more conditioning trials Albert pulled away from the sight of the white rat, showing fear.
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  • 17 days later Albert showed signs of generalisation. When little Albert saw anything fluffy he would begin to cry due to the conditioned phobia of the white rat.
  • Results & conclusion- After 31 days extinction occurred. In conclusion infants can be classically conditioned to develop a phobia
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