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conditioned and unconditioned responses

What is the difference between conditioned and unconditioned responses?

What is the difference between a conditioned stimulus and an unconditioned stimulus?

Provide at least 3 examples of each type of stimulus and response to demonstrate your understanding?

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1. What is the difference between conditioned and unconditioned responses

In classical conditioning, "the conditioned response is the learned response to the previously neutral stimulus". (http://psychology.about.com/od/cindex/g/condresp.htm)

On the other hand, the unconditioned response is"the unlearned response that occurs naturally in response to the unconditioned stimulus." (http://psychology.about.com/od/uindex/g/uncondstim.htm)

For example, let's say you smell food cooking (unconditioned stimulus), and you get a feeling of hunger in response to the smell (unconditioned response) and at the same times as you smell the food you hear the sound of a whistle (conditioned stimulus). The conditioned response would be feeling hungry when you heard the sound of the whistle. And, as pointed out the felling of hunger in response to the small of cooking food id the unconditional response ...

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ddressing the questions, this solution addresses aspects of conditioned and unconditioned responses. Examples and referecnes are provided.