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How could you teach a fellow student the concept of stimulus generalization? e.g. Pavlov

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Stimulus generalization: "In classical conditioning, the tendency for the conditioned stimulus to evoke similar responses after the response has been conditioned. For example, if a rat has been conditioned to fear a stuffed white rabbit, it will exhibit fear of objects similar to the conditioned stimulus" (http://psychology.about.com/od/sindex/g/stimgen.htm).

To help explain this to someone:

1. You could present him or her with a brief overview of the Pavlov's theory, as it is difficult to understand the concept of generalization unless you understand the theory. An outline is often an effective way to aid understanding:

The Classical Conditioning Paradigm

· paired turning on a light then presenting the dog ...

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