Educator Resources for Conditioning

Sit! Stay! Good boy! Have you ever wondered how trainers can get dogs and other animals to change their natural behaviors? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the process of behavioral conditioning. Beginning with experiments by Russian behavior scientist Ivan Pavlov, you’ll see how people and animals learn to associate an unconditioned stimulus, like food, with an arbitrary, conditioned one, like a bell. Tim will show you how the order of the stimuli makes all the difference in the world, and how an unconditioned response becomes a conditioned one. Plus, Tim and Moby will teach you about the difference between classical conditioning and operant conditioning, too, with examples of how animals benefit from conditioning in the real world. Now go fetch the movie!

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