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Carleton University
PSYC 2800
Amanda Helleman

Connecting Learning and MemoryLearningA change in an organisms behavior as a result of experienceSo it is not just sitting in a classroom and taking notes and learning that way it is also playing piano its meeting someone for first time and learning their name and faceAny long lasting permanent changeMemory The ability to recall or recognize previous experienceSo you might learn someones name at a party and then wake up next morning and not remember their nameMemory implies a mental representation of the previous experienceMemory TraceA mental representation of a previous experiencePresumed to correspond to some physical change in the brain Our brain has neuroplasticity which means it is ever changing it also means that we are constantly learning and storing information We can look at neuronal changes in cells exposed to specific sensory experiences We can also look at neural changes that mediate brain plasticity ie recovery from brain injury addiction learning disabilities Pavlovian ConditioningLearning procedure whereby a neutral stimulus such as a tone flashing light odor usualy a sensory experience comes to elicit a response because of its repeated pairing with some event such as the delivery of food also called classical conditioning or respondent conditioningUnconditioned stimulus neutralStimulus that evokes an unconditioned response without previous conditioning eg meat powder juicy burger doughnutunconditioned responseunlearned reaction to an unconditioned stimulus that occurs without previous conditioningeg salivation heart rate changeconditioned stimulus Previously neutral stimulus that has through conditioning acquired the capacity to evoke a conditioned responseeg tone visual imagemarketing companies are aware of these conditioning so that when we see their logo we associate that with their food and the craving for that foodConditioned response CR Learned reaction to a conditioned stimulus that occurs because of previous conditioningeg salivation craving coffee tummy rumbling talking to teacherCS then becomes CR once paired with cookie over timehappycookie UCSUR happy
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