Learning approach- Little Albert Case study

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Watson and Rayner- Little Albert study

Aim: To explore whether a fear to a harmless stimulus could be classically conditioned.


  • A 9-month old infant was assessed for emotional stability.
  • He was unafraid of of a range of stimuli, including a white rat, rabbit and some wooden blocks. Although he was afraid of the loud noise made from the hammer and steel bar.
  • He was shown a rat again two months later and, when he reached for it, the loud noise was made. Which scared him.
  • This was repeated 5 times one week later.
  • After another 31 days without being


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