Psych M.D. - discrimination


Term: Discrimination
Definition (Myers): in classical conditioning, the learned ability to distinguish between a conditioned stimulus and other stimuli that do not signal an unconditioned stimulus.
Definition (alternative): an ability to tell a part a difference between two (mostly) similar objects/ things.
Contextual explanation: When a person can distinguish by the utmost subtle differences that this behavior is called discrimination. For example, you may be flushed by a body guard who has a bald hair but not with a body guard with long hair. Pavlov's dog on the other hand can respond to a particular tone but not any other kinds of tones.

Related terms and concepts: Classical Conditioning
Related websites: http://wilderdom.com/personality/L9-2OperantConditioning.html
http://www.socialpc.com/Psychology/Classical-And-Operant-Conditioning.html
Edited by: Kelsey

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