Biological Limits on Conditioning: Taste Aversion, the Garcia Effect & Instincts - Quiz & Worksheet


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A few years ago, Claudia ate a tuna fish sandwich that made her sick. Since then, she cannot eat tuna fish sandwiches. This is an example of _____.

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1. In John Garcia's experiments, the rats did not want to eat the things they'd been fed shortly before being irradiated. What is a plausible explanation for this observation?

2. Which of the following statements is true about evolutionarily-advantageous bodily defense mechanisms?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Conditioning is a psychological theory where a given stimulus produces a desired effect, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this theory. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include various experiments conducted on conditioning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following:

  • Taste aversion
  • John Garcia's experiment with rats
  • The Breland's experiment with raccoons

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding biological limits on conditioning and interpret them correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the results of experiments on conditioning
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about taste aversion

Additional Learning

To learn more about how biological responses impact conditioning, review the accompanying lesson on Biological Limits on Conditioning. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define taste aversion and explore an example of it
  • Review the experiment that led to the discovery of the Garcia Effect
  • Understand what Keller and Marian Breland's experiment with raccoons revealed about biological limits on conditioning
  • Recognize that instinctive responses can both accelerate and interfere with conditioning