Last month I acquired a pet puppy, small and lovely. Every night after dinner, I would clean the utensils, pick the puppy and sit on the couch with it as I watched a movie. For the one and a half hours that I watch, I would stroke him as he sat on my lap until he went to sleep. Today as I finished dinner and proceeded to wash the utensils, my puppy rushed off to the couch, on the exact position that I sit and intently looked at me as he waited for me on the couch.
In the above situation, my puppy learned from repetitive activity over time to know when I would be on the couch holding him. This is in line with the conditional stimulus as indicated by Wyrwicka (2000). This is where an individual learns to respond in a given way when a stimulus is presented. In this case, my puppy takes washing utensils as the stimulus meaning that I would then go to the couch.
Location: Train Station
My father always drops my kid brother to his kindergarten classes. Every time as the young boy heads off to the class, my father always gives him a peck on the cheek and says, “Be a good boy.” Today, my brother and I saw my father off to the train station as he was leaving on a business trip. As the train approached, my father gave him a peck, winked and repeated the same words. My kid brother looked around and said, “But daddy, the teacher is not here.”
In this case, my kid brother had learnt that my father always pecked him and asked him to be good when he went to school. This is a form of conditioned stimulus that the boy had learned to associate with going to class. This is just as explained about conditioned stimulus by Wyrwicka (2000).
Wyrwicka, W. (2000). Conditioning: Situation versus Intermittent Stimulus. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.