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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
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4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

Discuss Concepts Using an example from your own experience, explain why habituation to a frequent stimulus might be beneficial. Also describe an example in which habituation might be harmful or even dangerous.

Summary Introduction

To review:

The useful and harmful effects of habituation in response to a repeated stimulus with examples.

Introduction:

Habituation is a type of learned behavior that involves a decrease in response to a stimulus after repeated exposure to that stimulus. This behavior is sometimes advantageous and in some cases can have very severe harmful effects.

Explanation

Habituation involves a decrease in response due to the repeated stimulus of the same type. An example where it is beneficial is habituation to the same food being served daily. It is a common observation that on getting the same food daily decreases person’s longing for getting a meal as taste acts as a stimulus and repeated stimulus causes the person to become habituated to it. Hence, the response is not found after some time...

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