Psych Chapter 7 09/26/2013
Chapter 7: Learning
A relatively permanent behavior change due to experience.
Conditioningthe process of learning associations.
Classical Conditioninga type of learning in which one learns to link two or more stimuli and anticipate
events. Occurs when a stimulus that is previously neutral for the animal develops the potential to ellicit
some response through its association with some other stimulus that already elicits the response.
Acquisitionthe initial stage of learning when a neutral stimulus is linked to an unconditioned stimulus so
that the neutral stimulus begins triggering the conditioned response.
Extinctionthe diminished (weakened) responding that occurs when the conditioned stimulus no longer
signals an upcoming unconditioned stimulus.
Spontaneous Recoverythe reappearance of a weakened conditioned response after a pause.