Classical Conditioning

What is Classical Conditioning and how does it work...

Conditioning involves learning associations between events that occur in an organism's environment. Classical Conditioning is a type of learning in which a stimulus acquires the capacity to evoke a response that was originally evoked by another stimulus.

The way that this is all supposed to work is actually simple. First, an unconditioned stimulus is paired with a neutral stimulus. The unconditioned stimulus is the one that is eliciting the unconditioned response. After a while, where this pairing is repeated many times, classical conditioning occurs. Now, the previous unconditioned stimulus is now the conditioned stimulus and can cause a conditioned response by itself. The unconditioned response and the conditioned response are essentially the same thing.