I really contemplated on trying to find the perfect example of classical conditioning that happened to me personally so that I would be able understand the whole concept better.
I am majoring in children’s studies so I try to be around children as much as possible because experience is the best teacher right? Well for the past few months I have been taking care of my baby cousin, Blake Jr. who is now 11 months old. Everyone calls him Baby Blake. I’ve never seen a baby so anxious to move around. If you sit him in one spot or try to hold him he starts squirming to be let loose and active.
One day I was watching him, I had some music playing that had a little bass to it. I started dancing around baby Blake, after observing me for a few minutes he began to bob his head up and down and move his arms. I’m thinking he is enjoying the music so I turned the music up a tad bit and all of a sudden he makes this startled movement. He started to cry right after. Once I turned the music back down he stared to dance again. It was very interesting to see how he reacted to the music.
Evaluating this whole scenario I would say the music was a conditioned stimulus (CS), baby Blake dancing is the conditioned response (CR) because he saw me dancing first. The loud music to him was the unconditioned stimulus (US) and his startled reaction was the unconditioned response (UR).