John B. Watson's Little Albert Experiment

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John B. Watson and his assistant Rosalie Rayner conducted an experiment called the “Little Albert” experiment. It was a psychology experiment performed to demonstrate the effects of behavioral conditioning in humans. John was influence by the studies of Ivan Pavlov, where he used conditioning process in dogs. John want to prove that taking Pavlov’s research a step further could show how emotional reactions could be classically conditioned in humans.
John used an 9 month old boy to be the subject of the little Albert experiment. The child was first tested to see if it had any fear of loud noises, so John would hitting a metal pipe with a hammer. At first the child was startled at the sound but not scared. After the third time the loud noise
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