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How could you use classical conditioning procedures to help someone quit an undesirable behavior? Please be as detailed as possible and include the terms that are discussed in the text.

unconditioned stimulus
unconditioned response
conditioned stimulus

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*How could you use classical conditioning procedures to help someone quit an undesirable behavior? Please be as detailed as possible and include the terms that are discussed in the text.

a. unconditioned stimulus
b. unconditioned response
c. conditioned stimulus

Classical conditioning involves the pairing of a conditioned stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus. The conditioned response is a learned reaction to the conditioned stimulus, and an unconditioned response is an involuntary physiological reflex that results from an unconditioned stimulus. Many behavioral reaction patterns are explained by classical conditioning (Friedman & Schustack, 2006). As they point out, classical conditioning provides a good explanation of response patterns when there is a strong natural pairing of stimulus and automated response (p. 207). For instance, classical conditioning has been used to treat phobias associated with personality disorders.

One example is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), as persons with the disorder are considered to have higher ...

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This solution discusses classical conditioning used to help an individual stop undesirable behaviors.

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