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  1. classical conditioningnoun

    conditioning that pairs a neutral stimulus with a stimulus that evokes a reflex; the stimulus that evokes the reflex is given whether or not the conditioned response occurs until eventually the neutral stimulus comes to evoke the reflex


  1. classical conditioningnoun

    The use of a neutral stimulus, originally paired with one that invokes a response, to generate a conditioned response


  1. classical conditioning

    Classical conditioning is a learning process developed by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov in which an innate response to a potent stimulus is used to create an association with a neutral stimulus, causing the neutral stimulus to elicit the same response. This process typically involves the repeated pairing of the two stimuli until the response to the neutral stimulus is firmly established. Commonly, this is exemplified in Pavlov's dog experiment, in which the sound of a bell (neutral stimulus) was paired with the presentation of food (potent stimulus), eventually causing the dogs to salivate (response) at the sound of the bell alone.


  1. Classical conditioning

    Classical conditioning is a form of learning in which the conditioned stimulus or CS, comes to signal the occurrence of a second stimulus, the unconditioned stimulus or US. The conditioned response is the learned response to the previously neutral stimulus. The US is usually a biologically significant stimulus such as food or pain that elicits a response from the start; this is called the unconditioned response or UR. The CS usually produces no particular response at first, but after conditioning it elicits the conditioned response or CR. Classical conditioning differs from operant or instrumental conditioning, in which behavior emitted by the subject is strengthened or weakened by its consequences. There are many examples of these innate reflexes or learned reflexes. "In any animal, regardless of its prior history, painful stimulation of the foot causes the leg to be withdrawn by bending at all its joints. This flexor reflex is an example of an unconditioned reflex, an innate response based on fixed connections in the chain of neurons from the receptor to the effector. Of still more interest in everyday life are the acquired or conditioned reflexes, in which the functional connections between the excited sensors and the patterns of activity in effector organs become established by learning process."

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    They are extremely beneficial from a classical conditioning standpoint, if your body knows what comes after the end of these activities is sleep, then you start to condition yourself, and after a bit of time, your body will more easily slip into a state of relaxation, which increases your chances of sleep.

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