The whole mechanism of the transfer and of the recoil may best be expressed in terms of the conditioned reflex of Pavlov.
The explanation of all instances of conditioned reflex is the same.
The conditioned reflex type of learning accounts for a host of acquired likes and dislikes.
And no one but they can prevent the conditioned reflex that stops my heart if for some reason the shield should be broached.
It was an acquired instinct; a conditioned reflex which humans had to develop on this world.
Negative adaptation is important in human life, and the conditioned reflex is important, as has already been suggested.
Some switch to chewing gum or candy, but the cure essentially lies in substituting one conditioned reflex for another.
A conditioned reflex experiment on a child deserves mention.
Pottgeiter looked at his watch, as from conditioned reflex, and then rose, saying that he had a class and excusing himself.
Ditto for hypnosis and/or Pavlov's 'conditioned reflex', by the way.
conditioned response n.
A new or modified response elicited by a stimulus after conditioning. Also called conditioned reflex.
In psychology, the response made by a person or animal after learning to associate an experience with a neutral or arbitrary stimulus. Conditioned response experiments by Ivan Pavlov (see Pavlov's dogs) paired a neutral stimulus (sounding a bell) with a natural response (salivating) by associating the bell with the presentation of food. Conditioned response experiments by B. F. Skinner and other behaviorists (see behaviorism) associated an arbitrary action (an animal's pressing a lever) with a positive reward (presentation of food) or a negative reward (an electric shock).
Note: Response conditioning is used in behavior modification. Stop-smoking clinics, for example, may use an electric shock whenever a patient lights up. The patient will then associate smoking with the unpleasant experience of the shock.