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Psychology experiment help? - September 14th 2013, 12:16 AM

For my pysch class I'm supposed to conduct a conditioning experiment on another person, either classical or operant. I sorta have an idea but I need some help. I chose classical. Heres my idea so far:

Every time I go driving with my mom, whenever she comes to a red light or stop sign or is about to get to one, I will play a certain ringtone on my phone, so she eventually (hopefully) starts to associate that ringtone with the need to stop the car...... ya that's all I got.

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Re: Psychology experiment help? - September 15th 2013, 03:15 AM

It's interesting but I believe this will happen.
She will associate seeing a red light with that ringtone, however, she won't associate stopping with the ringtone.

Hard to explain why, just a theory.

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Re: Psychology experiment help? - September 16th 2013, 01:38 PM

I agree with what the poster above has said, however that's not to say that your hypothesis wont be proved correct. Be prepared for the hypothesis to be incorrect but know that even if it is, that's what research is all about! Also, make sure that you debrief at the end so that you can avoid any ethical issues.

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Re: Psychology experiment help? - September 16th 2013, 11:56 PM

Just keep in mind it is unethical to conduct research on someone without getting their consent first. Which means you would have to tell her you are conducting research on her before you did anything.

Also, this might not be the safest of ideas. What if you are proven correct and she hear the ring tone and slams on the breaks…. she could cause an accident. She could get hurt, others could get hurt, property may be damaged. It’s just not something you want to be responsible for. You could try that same idea, but maybe with something a little less dangerous.

Dogs are really great for conditioning experiments. Every time I turn the TV off at night it makes a little power down sound, when my dog hears that she goes and lays down on her bed. I never taught her to do that, but she has learned overtime that when I turn off the TV its bed time. Perhaps you could try to do something similar if you have an animal. (Please note it’s harder to do with cats )

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