Conditioned Stimulus

By Renée Grinnell

A neutral stimulus (defined as any event which does not naturally provoke a response from the test subject) which, under classical conditioning, a subject learns to associate with an unconditioned stimulus.

Example: In Pavlov’s classic dog experiments, the animals learned to associate the sound of a bell (the conditioned stimulus) with the presentation of food (the unconditioned stimulus).


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Nov 2008