Classical Conditioning – worksheet

Classical Conditioning

Classical Conditioning

First described by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Classical Conditioning, focuses is on involuntary reflexes. 

It is used to incrementally shape behavior by training you to respond to a stimulus (S1) by pairing the it to something significant to you (mimic), then pairing the (S1) with a second stimulus (S2) to teach you something significant to them. Used by animal trainers, educators and marketers. For excellent videos about conditioning see flybybutterfly’s videos in my playlist on Operant Conditioning. To maximize psych-physiological reflexes and foster super learning a twist of puzzlement is often incorporated into the ‘learning’ events.

Marketing professionals also make extensive use of non-verbal visual cues and pairings to condition their target audience to make positive and negative associations. Once a brand image has been established then elements of the brand can be used as a form of short hand (prisoners of war, secret agents and gas-lighters).

Higher-order Gas-lighting (HOGL): a form of psychological abuse based on Classical Conditioning often involving the use of the color red as a visual cue which maximizes physiological reflexes and facilitates fear conditioning. Gas-lighting involves events staged by Players who deny that they ever took place. Because the events involve mimicking something about the Target, usually their private  communications, any evidence they have inevitably points back to themselves and so even if they are able to document the abuse it is easy enough to portray the target as having an over active imagination or of having mental health issues. Furthermore the events are carefully designed to not draw the attention of bystanders or to indicate anything is amiss if captured on a security video. For this reason, Targets are not likely to never report such events. For more information and worksheets see PsyOps.

Gas-lighting is a hallmark of abuse used against whistle-blowers and is intended to prevent and discredit reports of wrong doing. The use of gas-lighting is an indicator that what is being reported has merit. Gas-lighting is not only a threat to the individual but also a threaten to anyone who attempts to help them by bringing into question their judgment. Allegations of  scandalous conduct attempts to accomplish the same thing. People who are attacked in this way find it very difficult to get help even by people who believe them.

Use the following worksheet to analyse and harassment events and illustrate their intent:

Sample worksheet: Worksheet-for-Classical-Conditioning-and-Coercive-Psych

For an overview of applied psychology see

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Worksheet for Classical Conditioning and Coercive Psychology

Use this worksheet to analyze harassment events and illustrate their intent.

For more info see

Also see flybybutterfly’s excellent videos on Classical Conditioning.

Goal What they did How it affected me
Classical conditioning Pairing a stimulus cue (S1) to something about you with an added twist of puzzlement to maximize psych-physiological responses and foster super learning, then using this stimulus (S1) paired with another stimuli (S2, S3, S4, etc.) to signal a message from them to you.
Fear conditioning:Pairing stimulus (S1) cues with provocative stimuli (S2, S3, S4, etc.) to trigger and maximize startle responses
Habituation: the power of a cue to provoke strong response fades over time and is inhibited.
Dis-inhibition: a process of re-sensitizing to similar but different cues. For example using a similar but different sounding horn to re-activate strong startle responses to noise.
Generalization: conditioning fear to everyday objects by transferring conditioned fear of a specific stimulus (furry rat) to multiple other similar but different stimuli (furry dog, furry cat, furry coat)


Classical Conditioning I

Classical Conditioning II

Example of fear conditioning – The Little Albert Experiment

Example: use water squirt to trigger startle response in anticipation of ruler smack

Example: use music to trigger startle response in anticipation of smack to head

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