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Little Albert: Conditioned Emotional Responses
Watson and Rayner- 1920

Aims: To see if it was possible to create a fear in a child by using classical conditioning , and
also to see if this fear would be generalised to other similar animals and objects.

A lab experiment was used…

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The phobia decreased after 7 weeks so it was Many ethical issues; Albert didn't give content to
unlikely he would have been affected long take part, he therefore had no right withdraw, and
term. psychological harm was caused.
Albert was due to leave the nursery so there
wasn't enough time…


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