••• Friday, January 27, 2006

WTF Wednesday 

So I've been studying.

Remember high school psychology class, with Pavlov and his drooling dogs? Classical Conditioning, they called it. I shall never forget, because my psych teacher, Mr. Murphy, ingrained the response sequence into our gritty, substance-infested, oozing brain holes, by repeating these words over and over, while jumping across the room:

Bell---->Meat Powder----->Salivation
Bell---->Meat Powder----->Salivation
Bell---->Meat Powder----->Salivation

Now I'm studying the grown up, graduate school version of this dog lover's classic.

The practice exam I took last night, posed this butt clencher:

1. In the aversive counterconditioning of a fetish, the fetish object is the:
A. conditioned stimulus.
B. unconditioned stimulus.
C. conditioned response.
D. unconditioned response.

The correct is answer is "A". With this explanation:
The aversive conditioning of a fetish involves pairing an aversive stimulus with the fetish object until the object also comes to elicit the response of aversion. The fetish object is the conditioned stimulus, since it comes to evoke aversion through conditioning (i.e. pairings). The aversive stimulus is the unconditioned stimulus, since it elicits aversion naturally, without conditioning.

And got it right. Yeah. Here's how: First I mentally recalled the image of Mr. Murphy, circa 1974, hopping across the classroom. Then, I wondered "What the fuck is meat powder?" And then, I took a wild guess.

I think it's gonna all right.

Now here's a little Meme for your WTF pleasure.

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Marcia B.!

  1. In the Great Seal of the United States the eagle grasps 13 arrows and Marcia B..
  2. If a snake is born with two heads, the heads will fight over who gets Marcia B..
  3. Marcia B. can sleep with one eye open!
  4. It is impossible to fold Marcia B. more than seven times.
  5. Marcia B. is the sacred animal of Thailand!
  6. Tradition allows women to propose to Marcia B. only during leap years.
  7. Grapes explode if you put them inside Marcia B..
  8. Michelangelo finished his great statue of Marcia B. in 1504, after eighteen months work.
  9. California is the biggest exporter of Marcia B. in the world.
  10. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find Marcia B.!
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