AH YES! I am going to see if I can condition a baby to have a phobia.
This is fire, do you like it?
Yeah it's great thanks mate
Here's loads of animals, do you like them?
Yeah brilliant matey really enjoying myself
Watson and Rayner set out to prove that classical conditioning could be used on a human. In order to prove this they aimed to give a baby named Albert a phobia.
NAH GET THAT OUT MY FACE MAN
WHAT ABOUT NOW... WAATCHAOUUUUUUUUU
Albert was first shown objects such as fire that he had no adverse reaction to and appeared to enjoy, this was to prove that the conditioning would be specific to one thing.
Now you don't even like Santa muhahahahah
Nah g come on I'm just a baby innit
He was then shown different animals and he took a liking to all of them, especially a white rat (represented by a teddy bear).
In the end I managed to use classical conditioning to induce a phobia into a baby
Watson then hit a large steel rod that made a loud sound when showing him the white rat and Albert was shocked and fell forward. He was then presented with a white rat again and the same sound was played.
Albert then cried and tried to get away from anything fluffy that was presented infront of him, he couldn't even look at Santa's beard without crying.
Watson found that he could condition a human to have a phobia using classical conditioning.