When you smell the sweet tasty scent of waffles in the street, you approach it tentatively searching for a waffle stand. This association of the smell of waffles and your involuntary action of searching for a waffle stand is an apt example of classical conditioning.
Classical conditioning is a type of behavioral manipulation that allows people to train specific involuntary actions, feelings, and emotions, through the use of various elements a person can use their senses to create an observation. This is simply done by conditioning the involuntary action to a specific trigger or stimulus.
Classical conditioning if properly done, can be used to help train animals to do specific involuntary actions and tasks to improve their own and their owner’s quality of life. If you want to learn more about the application of classical conditioning you may read the articles above-named Schedules of Classical Conditioning and Some Phenomena of Classical Conditioning.
Begin by observing the animal’s involuntary action in real time. This is very important as classical conditioning cannot force an animal to do an action it cannot do in its current capacity.
Each action both voluntary and involuntary has a stimulus that will conduct the action. You will need to identify the stimulus or trigger to condition the animal to do a certain action, and check for other elements also like the tone of the voice and body language.
After you have identified the stimulus, you must choose an item like a toy or the favorite treat of the animal. You must constantly apply this item or treat during classical conditioning, regardless of the attitude and behavior of the pet. Note that this must be under a specific threshold.
You must apply the treatment for a long time to condition the animal. This process will either span only a few weeks or will extend to years of conditioning, depending on the temperament of the animal, the quality of the conditioning item or treat, and the application of the conditioning.
Classical conditioning requires an observable involuntary response that the organism will associate with a stimulus. This is juxtaposed with operant conditioning, which requires an observable voluntary response that the organism will associate with a stimulus. When it comes to animal training, operant conditioning is more optimized for bringing a specific and voluntary action into practice. Not only that, but the operant condition has four modes a person can use to train their animals based on observed themes and contexts. These modes are positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and negative punishment.
Classical conditioning is also known as Pavlovian conditioning; this is because Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849 – 1926) posited and popularized this type of conditioning with Pavlov’s Dog. This experiment started with a theory that the dog would salivate when the food bowl is placed in front of the dog. He posited that the dog would associate the food bowl with the delivery of food, which would cause the dog to salivate. Instead, the research found that the dog would start salivating when it would hear the footsteps of Pavlov’s assistant bringing the food.
Classical conditioning has a large effect on the lives of both adults and children and businesses have leveraged this type of conditioning when it comes to marketing and advertising. This is because the classical condition focuses on letting people associate things, emotions, and actions with neutral stimuli. An example of this in action would be the marketing for Kit Kat and its association with break time or relaxation, the stimulus would try to let the watcher associate Kit Kat as a relaxing activity, which can lead to an increase in sales of the product.
Classical conditioning is one of the two types of conditioning that focuses on the modification of the frequency of a specific unconditioned and involuntary response to stimuli. This is one of the best ways to train an animal’s uncontrolled behavior to follow a specific pattern of stimuli.