The Genesis of the Classical Conditioned Response - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080133607, 9781483157818

The Genesis of the Classical Conditioned Response

1st Edition

International Series of Monographs in Experimental Psychology

Authors: Irene Martin A.B. Levey
Editors: H. J. Eysenck
eBook ISBN: 9781483157818
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1969
Page Count: 160
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International Series of Monographs in Experimental Psychology, Volume 8: The Genesis of the Classical Conditioned Response presents an introduction to the study of conditioning and conditioned response. This book discusses the stimulus properties that are necessary to conditioning. Organized into seven chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the effects of stimuli after processing by the nervous system. This text then outlines the extensive nature of response change during conditioning and explains the modifications that occur in the unconditioned response prior to conditioning. Other chapters consider the relevance of the analysis of background activity on the conditioning process. This book discusses as well the stimulus factors that are likely to affect or determine unconditioned response elicitation, the nature of unconditioned response, and associated events such as feedback and arousal effects. The final chapter deals with the unified view of conditioning. This monograph is a valuable resource for psychologists and physiologists.

Table of Contents


List Of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction

Response Change and Learning

What The CR Achieves

Theoretical Problems

Conditioning as a "Strengthening Of Bonds"


Outline of Chapter Contents

Chapter 2. Reflex Sensitivity

UCR Amplitude

CS Reflex Responses

Spontaneous Responses

The Learning-Performance Distinction

Chapter 3. The Unconditioned Response in Conditioning

Factors Affecting UCR Elicitation

Receptor Properties

UCS-UCR Linkages

Constraints Placed on the Subject

Relationship between Instrumental and Autonomic Effects

Afferent Feedback

The Arousal Factor

Cognitive Factors

Chapter 3-(Continued)

Specific Attributes of the Unconditioned Response and Their Changes Over Trials

UCR Direction

UCR Latency

UCR Amplitude

UCR Amplitude Changes

Chapter 4. The Measurement of the Conditioned Response

Identification of the Conditioned Response

The Measurement of Response Characteristics

Composite Measures of Response Topography

The Wider Cr Pattern

Chapter 5. Development of the Conditioned Response during Acquisition

The Learning Curve

Alternative Estimates of Change

The Description of Change

The Efficiency of the Conditioned Response

Changes in Response Form during Acquisition

Effects of Experimental Conditions on Measures of Response Efficiency

Latent Response Development

Chapter 6. Theoretical Implications of CR Analysis

The Learning-Performance Distinction

Measures of Conditioning

Response Latency

Response Amplitude

Response Efficiency

The Concept of Habit Strength

Classical and Instrumental Conditioning


Stimulus Theories

Response Theories

Central Theories

Chapter 7. A Viewpoint and a Model

Two Kinds of Theories

The Role of Physiological Evidence

The Proposed Model

Stimulus Registration

The Anticipatory Response

CR/UCR Integration

S-S and S-R Integration


Response Strategies




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Irene Martin

A.B. Levey

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H. J. Eysenck

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