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Learning. Throughout this paper I will explain classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and imitation of modeling.

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Psychology: Learning According to an ancient Chinese proverb, "Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." I believe this is true for everyone. Learning is something people do everyday of their lives. It is a lasting change in behavior that results from experience. Throughout this paper I will explain classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and imitation of modeling. Classical conditioning is a process of learning that changes the behavior of an individual by rewarding or punishing each time an action is performed. The conditioning continues until the individual associates the action with pleasure or distress. Generalization occurs when a person or animal responds similarly to a similar stimulus. Extinction is when the result of a conditioned response decreases or disappears, such as when a conditioned stimulus is no longer accommodated with an unconditioned stimulus. Classical conditioning can be applied to almost everyone at some point in their life. This is especially true for me. ...read more.

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Lastly, scheduling is the timing and occurrence of reinforcement (also called scheduling reinforcement). There are two main types of scheduling reinforcement: continues reinforcement (the desired behavior being rewarded every time it is shown) and partial reinforcement (the desired behavior being rewarded only part of the time). In my family, the system of rewards and punishments is used is to teach me the importance of academics, chores, and extra curricular activities. If I do well in school every month, our parents will reward me with a monthly allowance (fixed interval). However, if I do poorly in school my parents will take away some of the money (variable interval). I am also awarded more allowance for every "A" and "B" I receive on tests (fixed ratio). To do my chores, the system of rewards and punishments is used every week. For example, at the end of every school week I must clean my room in order to go out with my friends. ...read more.

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Also, my mother is one of the biggest influences in my life. In the mornings before elementary school, I would watch intensely while she put on her make-up (observational). I would try to mimic everything she had done. (Usually everything somehow, ended up all over my clothes). However, Britney Spears and my mom have not been my only influences. I am also influenced by my friends. It was a hot and steamy day in June, when a couple friends and I finished watching an awesome "Youtube" video of friends putting Mentos into diet coke. The results were exciting to watch and nothing bad had happened to them. Later that day we decided to buy some Diet Coke and Mentos to try it out for ourselves (disinhibition). As soon as we were all ready to drop the Mentos into the diet coke, one of my friends had dropped his Mentos in too early. The result was... wet. The explosive mixture ended up squirting all over everyone that was standing near him. Almost everyone had to go home and change clothes. We have yet to try that experiment again. ...read more.

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