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What is a conditioned response?

Katherine Lee
Social Work
According to classical conditioning, a conditioned response refers to a learned response to a neutral stimulus that was previously conditioned. In a well-known Pavlovian example, a dog salivates by the sound of the bell because it was previously presented with food.

Conditioned response is a type of learning in which repeated exposure to something may affect a person's behavior when they encounter an unrelated object, sound, or smell that occurred at the same time as the initial exposure. For example, a patient who always feels sick after receiving chemotherapy in a clinic that smells a certain way may be conditioned to feel sick when smelling the same odor in a different place.

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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