Psych M.D. - Acquisition


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Term: Acquisition
Definition (Myers): The initial stage in classical conditioning; the phase associating a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus so that the neutral stimulus comes to elicit a conditioned response. In operant conditioning, the strengthening of a reinforced response. 1
Definition (alternative): Acquisition refers to the first stages of learning when a response is established. In classical conditioning, acquisition refers to the period of time when the stimulus comes to evoke the conditioned response. 2
Contextual explanation: Acquisition is basically the time take it takes to 'learn' from a certain stimulus. For example if my mentor (Mike Bock) hit me consistently over a period of a month, I would be conditioned to flinch every time he moved. Thus the time it takes for me to flinch when my mentor moves is called the period of 'acquisition.' This is the time it takes for me to 'learn' how to respond to his violence.
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Psych M.D. - Acquisition - The Neuron3
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  1. Myers, D.G. (2004). Psychology. New York City, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Kendra, v.W. (2009). What is Acquisition?. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/glossaryfromatoz/g/Acquisition.htm
  3. Bobby Approved, Initials. (n.d.). Classical conditioning. Retrieved from http://www3.niu.edu/acad/psych/Millis/History/2003/ClassicalConditioning.htm
Edited by: Jin
Date of last edit: 11/5/09



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