Classical Conditioning Quiz! Trivia Questions

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Classical conditioning refers to a learning technique in which a biologically potent stimulus is paired with a formerly neutral stimulus. It also describes the learning method that results from this pairing. Pavlov first proposed classical conditioning. Everyone has heard of the experiment of Pavlov’s dog. Classical conditioning is a fundamental learning process. With this quiz, you will learn all about classical conditioning.


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  • 1. 

    Classical conditioning is a type of learning in which a neutral stimulus comes to bring about a response before it is paired with a stimulus that naturally brings about that response.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    it brings about a response after it is paired with a stimulus

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  • 2. 

    Unconditioned Stimulus is a stimulus that, before conditioning, does not naturally bring about the response of interest.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    An unconditioned stimulus is a stimulus that naturally elicits a response without any prior conditioning. In other words, it is a stimulus that triggers a response automatically, without any learning or association. This response is innate and does not require any previous experience or conditioning. Therefore, the statement "Unconditioned Stimulus is a stimulus that, before conditioning, does not naturally bring about the response of interest" is false.

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  • 3. 

    A response that, after conditioning, follows a previously neutral stimulus is known as a Conditioned Response.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A conditioned response refers to a response that is learned or acquired through conditioning, where a previously neutral stimulus becomes associated with a specific response. This means that after conditioning, the previously neutral stimulus can elicit the same response as the original stimulus that naturally triggered the response. Therefore, the statement "A response that, after conditioning, follows a previously neutral stimulus is known as a Conditioned Response" is true.

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  • 4. 

    Unconditioned and conditioned responses are similar in bringing about the same response.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An unconditioned response and a conditioned response are similar because they both involve a reaction or response to a stimulus. However, the key difference is that an unconditioned response is an automatic and innate response to a stimulus, while a conditioned response is a learned response that is acquired through association with a previously neutral stimulus. Both types of responses can be observed in classical conditioning, where an unconditioned response becomes a conditioned response through repeated pairing with a conditioned stimulus.

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  • 5. 

    The reemergence of an extinguished conditioned response after a period of rest and with no further conditioning is known as Extinction.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is known as Spontaneous Recovery

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  • 6. 

    Learning is a relatively permanent change in behavior brought out by experience.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is true because learning refers to the process of acquiring knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study. It involves a change in behavior, which means that the individual's actions or responses are modified as a result of the learning process. Additionally, learning is considered relatively permanent because once information or skills are learned, they can be retained and applied over time, even if they are not constantly practiced or reinforced. Therefore, this statement accurately describes the nature of learning.

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  • 7. 

    Unconditioned Stimulus is a stimulus that naturally brings about a particular response without having been learned.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An unconditioned stimulus is a stimulus that naturally elicits a response without any prior learning. This means that the response is not acquired or conditioned through experience or training. It is an innate and automatic reaction to the stimulus. Therefore, the statement that the unconditioned stimulus naturally brings about a particular response without having been learned is true.

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  • 8. 

    Stimulus Generalization occurs if two stimuli are sufficiently distinct from one another that one evokes a conditioned response but the other does not.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Stimulus generalization occurs when an organism responds to stimuli that are similar but not identical to the conditioned stimulus (CS) that was present during conditioning. In other words, it happens when a response learned in one situation occurs in a similar situation. If two stimuli are sufficiently distinct, stimulus discrimination may occur instead, where the organism learns to differentiate between the stimuli and responds only to the specific, original conditioned stimulus.

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  • 9. 

    Pavlov hypothesized that all learning is nothing more than long strings of conditioned responses.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Pavlov's hypothesis suggests that all learning can be explained as a series of conditioned responses. This means that individuals learn through associations between stimuli and responses, where a previously neutral stimulus becomes associated with a specific response through repeated pairing. This theory is known as classical conditioning and has been widely accepted in the field of psychology. Therefore, the statement "Pavlov hypothesized that all learning is nothing more than long strings of conditioned response" is true.

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  • 10. 

    "Little Albert" and a billy goat were at the center of John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner's (1920) little experiment of classical conditioning.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    "Little Albert" was the subject of a famous classical conditioning experiment conducted by John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner in 1920. The experiment involved pairing a white rat with a loud, frightening noise, causing Little Albert to develop a fear response to the rat.

    There is no mention of a billy goat being part of the "Little Albert" experiment. The experiment specifically focused on the conditioning of fear responses in a human child (Little Albert) in response to stimuli such as the white rat.

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Stephen Reinbold |PhD, Biological Sciences |
Biology Expert
Stephen Reinbold has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a particular interest in teaching. He taught General Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, Genetics, and Anatomy & Physiology for almost thirty years at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. He particularly enjoyed emphasizing scientific methodology and student research projects. Now, enjoying retirement, he works part-time as an editor while also engaging in online activities.
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