Conditioned Emotional Response

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A conditioned emotional response is seen in classical conditioning after a conditioned stimulus has been paired with an emotion producing unconditioned stimulus. In other words it is an emotional response that has been classically conditioned to occur to learned stimuli. Watson and Rayner created this for the first time with little Albert when he was about eight months and twenty-six days. They struck a hammer against a suspended steel bar and at the third time was when little Albert reacted and began to cry. The next time they tested a conditioned emotional response was when little Albert was at the age of eleven months. They created this conditioned emotional response by starting off the experiment with a white rat. At the beginning little
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