The Little Albert Experiment By John B. Watson

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Throughout psychology we have learned a variety of experiments that have made an impact toward the field of psychology. One important experiment that was significant in the field was the “Little Albert Experiment” by John B. Watson. John B. Watson was a behaviorist where he wanted to conduct an experiment that further Ivan Pavlov research on classical conditioning. Classical conditioning is a theory engages a new behavior through the process of association. This theory includes three stages of classical conditioning; the first stage is called unconditioned stimulus, which produces an unconditioned response within an organism. One example of this stage is where a perfume is the unconditioned stimulus, which can create a response of pleasure or desire (unconditioned response). The second stage is during the conditioning where the conditioned stimulus is presented. The conditioned stimulus is the stimulus that does not produce any response related to the unconditioned stimulus. The third stage is what happened after the conditioning, this stage represents the roll of all three conditioning combined and how it can impact the organism. John B. Watson went more in depth about classical conditioning where he created his well know experiment involving a child instead of an animal. Watson’s research revolved around an observational method. According to McLeod (2015) from the simply psychology website, the author says, “Participant observation is a variant of the above (natural
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