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I chose to blog about Classical Conditioning. Classical Conditioning is the process in which one stimulus that does not elicit is associated with a second stimulus that does and the result is that the first stimulus also elicits a response. Ivan Pavlov is synonymous with Classical condition for his tests on dogs and how he could make them salivate by pairing a bell with food. Eventually the dogs started to salivate to just the bell. The following video is a modern example of a classical conditioning experiment.

I don't usually watch this show, but while I was looking for a good video about this I realized that my friend did this very experiment to me. I was conditioned to expect an Altoid every day when we would get together to order lunch. Now I get the joke.

An extension of Classical Conditioning that I found fascinating was higher-order conditioning. Higher-order conditioning is when a stimulus that is associated with a conditioned response can also become a conditioned response. For instance, when you are at the park and there is a group of bees on the rock wall. You are already afraid of the bees because you know they sting, then you are afraid to go near the rock wall because you now associate the bees with the rock wall. I never realized that this was classical conditioning.


  1. This was a great example! After all of this research being done with animals I didn't ever think it would work that easily on a person. This is just a show but I think with many situations people don't realize how they can expect reinforcements or gratification after doing something. I have a similar experience with my boyfriends dog, every single time she is walked she waits for a dog treat afterwards because she has been conditioned to do so.

  2. I really find classical conditioning to be very interesting, and I love that you used this clip for an example. It demonstrates pretty well how Dwight was conditioned to salivate (crave an Altoid) every time Jim's computer made a ringing noise - hilarious and informative! I would like to try this on some of my friends on day.

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  4. I absolutely love the office and that was a good example! I have seen this before and is a really funny example. I just did a post on operant conditioning using the Big bang Theory as an example. It would be interesting to compare the two, videos as well!


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