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Pavlov's conditioned response and suppression and real life

The concepts associated with Pavlov include conditioned response and conditioned suppression.

What are these concepts? How can they be applied to a real-life situation (in addition to those that Pavlov and Terry suggest)?

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A conditioned response is the learned response to a previously neutral stimulus. It is a response that - as a result of experience - comes to be caused by a stimulus different from the one that originally triggered it. Pavlov found that if he rang a bell every time he put the meat powder in the dog's mouth, the dog eventually salivated upon hearing the bell alone. This is the conditioned response.
The dog has learned to respond to a substitute stimulus, the conditioned stimulus. It is suggested that the physiological basis of the conditioned response is the transfer, by appropriate neurons, of nervous activity in the auditory areas of the ...

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This solution describes Pavlov's concepts of conditioned response and conditioned suppression. There are also examples of ways these concepts can be used in real life.