Classical conditioning is a learned reflex or response that is evoked through a stimulus. Ideas of Classical Conditioning originated from old philosophical theories, but the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov was the first to define Classical Conditioning.

Pavlov outlined his theory while conducting research on the digestive system of dogs. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss how Pavlov’s theory of Classical Conditioning applies to associative learning, the four principles of classical conditioning, the three stages of classic conditioning, the conditioning process, and how to use the theory in designing your next course.

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