Why do intelligent People still believe in religion? 33: Classic vs operant conditioning

Uploaded by anubis2814 on 04.03.2011

First off I would like to thank my loyal subscribers for calling me out on an error. Hellaphobia
is considered a real phobia and has actual scientific names called Hadephobia after hades
also Stygiophobia? or Stigiophobia. Psychology defines learning as any permanent
relative change in behavior. This is exactly what your parents, teachers and instructors
are trying to do to you, be it how you think or how you act.
Classical Conditioning is the term that showed Pavlovs studies. Classical conditioning uses
stimulus to produce involuntary responses. He of course being a scientist after discovering
classical conditioning wanted to know if the bell would continue to cause the salivation
response even if he no longer rung the bell or no longer gave food when the bell rang.
His studies showed that yes when stimulus or reward were removed over a period of time,
the stimulus response would be unlearned on average proportional to the amount of time
that the stimulus and reward were applied. When there was little to no response to to
the stimuli this was called extinction. Extinction is a bit of a misnomer as learning is a permanent
change in behavior and if the reward and stimulus resumed, the response would quickly pick back
up. However sometimes on occasion even years later after extinction, a secondary stimuli
could temporarily return out of no where, sort of a flashback. It is probably a natural
response that the brain uses to test the waters and see if perhaps through trial and error
a response might work. In terms of Hadephobia, many are able to move away from familiar surroundings
and the people they grew up with who conditioned their emotional response with fear. They can
then remake themselves somewhere else, and work on decline and extinction to hadephobia.
When they go back to visit your old familiar surroundings though their emotional responses
can resurrect and create a very surreal response when their old self and current self collide.
It may take a bit of time after the visit to work through the new hybrid you and allow
to take on these old memories on your own terms. Teens tend not to have this luxury
yet when suffering from hadephobia so even when they 100% logically are atheists, their
emotions are are still very fundamentalist christian, constantantly making then nervous
about their doubt. Going off to college will help out a lot if you can.
Besides Classical Conditioning, the other science branch of learning is called operant
behavior. Operant behavior is the voluntary behavior learned to operate in the world.
An example of this is a guy on BlogTV recently mentioned that his Christian siblings shouldn't
have made fun of him as a child for being so gullible. Classical conditioning as well
as other inherent factors causes a child to naturally trust and have blind faith. They
have learned subconsciously that more often than not, older people know more than they
do about just about everything. Part of sibling-hood is to pick on and tease your sibling. Being
gullible is something to be laughed at and shunned. When the child finally learns the
mechanisms to overcome his or her gullibility the child soon realizes that gullibility and
blind faith have an awful lot in common. Give up one usually means giving up the other to
some extent. Giving up blind faith and not trusting many people is part of operant behavior,
the child learned to go against their natural instincts at a young age and consciously disbelieve.
At this point no amount of hellfire talk will phase the child because everything said by
an adult is now taken with a grain of salt. A new skeptic is born. Temporarily the person
will probably be a bitter cynic as well. Operant conditioning's goal is to increase
the rate of an already current voluntary response. There are of course 2 ways to cause this.
One can use either positive or negative reinforcements When a dog or a child does something good
you give them praise or a treat. When they do something bad you withhold the reward,
or you give them a spanking. Reinforcement must be immediate and must be
linked to the action other wise the reinforcement is pointless. If a child is too young or the
animal is mentally incapable or linking the reinforment with the action then its more
of a confusion than an effect. Many times parents or pet owners will make claims that
the child or pet knows what they did. Anthropomorphism has a powerful impact on these assumptions.
A child may not know how to express themselves or they may be wanting attention and do something
bad just to get attention. This confusion and fear of being punished when they have
no way of understanding why they are being punished can produce stress that can slow
their developing brain to take more time before they actually can learn why they are being
punished. Well this subject took up a lot more time
than I expected so there is now another video I have to do before I can go over overcoming
phobias. Stay tuned.