How do phobias develop? With approximately 5% of Americans currently suffering from diagnosable phobias, irrational, debilitating fears are more common than we think. Psychologists have been trying to get to the root of phobias and what has been discovered is that classical conditioning plays a vital role in the development of fear. In this lesson students will learn to connect their understanding of phobias to the important process of classical conditioning.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that ask students to reveal their biggest fear.
2) Read an introductory article about the development of phobias and the role of classical conditioning in phobias.
3) Participate in a fun, interactive phobia gallery game in which they will have to guess the top ten phobias reported in America from a recent survey.
4) Read an article about the unethical and infamous "Little Albert" experiment and answer related questions about phobias and classical conditioning.
5) Create their own unethical experiment that produces a phobia by way of classical conditioning.
Bonus Video Clips, Audio Recordings, and Articles Included!