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conditioning. John Watson was a behaviorist, just like Ivan Pavlov before him. John Watson adopted Ivan Pavlov's model of "classical conditioning," and used it in his famous experiment with Little Albert. You've probably heard of Little Albert. The kid who was conditioned to freak out around anything that was white and fluffy.
Little Albert? I don't think iv'e ever heard of him, sounds intresting. Thanks for the help
Oh I can summarize the study on Little Albert. It'll help explain conditioning a little better, if anything. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. John Watson and his researchers took a nine-month old boy (who we shall call Little Albert), and placed him in a room. 2. They introduced Albert to a white rabbit, a rat, a dog, a monkey, masks with and without hair, cotton wool, burning newspapers, etc. Albert showed no fear toward any of these things. 3. Later, the researchers allowed Albert to play with only a white rat. 4. As Albert reached out to touch the rat, the researchers made a loud sound behind little Albert. 5. Little Albert freaked out. He began crying in fear. 6. The researchers repeated this over and over. Every time Little Albert was placed with the white, furry rat, a loud sound was made, to scare Albert. 7. After a while, Little Albert would start crying, every time he saw a white rat, even if the researchers did not make the loud noise to scare Albert. (You see, Albert had been CONDITIONED to fear the white, furry rat.) 8. Furthermore, Little Albert began showing signs of fear around ALL furry things! Like rats, fur coats, rabbits, and beards! (His fear had been GENERALIZED.)