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Principles of Classical Conditioning (Blocking Effect)

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Locate a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article. This article must be an original research project published within the past five to six years. The study should illustrate one of the following conditioning principles: Blocking.

a).Summarize the research design
b).Procedures
c).Results of the study

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Summarize the research design

Study one in this study shows the principle of blocked conditioning. That is, rats were initially trained to associate tone with sugar water (tone reinforced) were then trained with "tone + white flash" (pairing reinforced). These rats were compared with rats that were training to associate clicker with sugar water (clicker reinforced) and then trained with "tone + white flash" (pairing reinforced). Rats without the prior tone training spent more time in the feeding bay when a white flash occurred than rats that never had the original pairing. This illustrated the blocking effect. An attempt to reverse the initial training did not eliminate the blocking ...

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