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classical conditioning

a type of leaning in which one learns to link two or more stimuli and anticipate events

unconditioned response (UR)

the unlearned, naturally occurring response to the unconditioned stimulus

unconditioned stimulus (US)

a stimulus that unconditionally, naturally and automatically triggers a response

conditioned response (CR)

the learned response to a previously neutral stimulus

conditioned stimulus (CS)

a previously neutral stimulus that comes to trigger a conditioned response


the initial stage, when one links a neutral stimulus and an US, so that the neutral stimulus triggers the conditioned response


diminishing of a conditioned response; occurs when a US doesn't follow CS


the tendency for stimuli similar to the CS to elicit similar responses


ability to distinguish b/w conditioned stimulus and other stimuli

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