The Little Albert Experiment Thesis

The Little Albert experiment was a renowned psychology experiment led by a behaviorist, John B. Watson, and a graduate student named Rosalie Rayner.

They conducted classical conditioning on a 9-month-old infant called Little Albert by presenting him with a white laboratory rat and paired it with a loud sound, to which he became afraid and instantly cried when the rat alone was presented to him after repeated loud noises associated with the rat, and conditioned him to be afraid of things with similarities to the rat (i.e., Santa Claus’ beard).

In conclusion, Albert was conditioned to have an emotional response when the rat or things similar in appearance were shown.

Source: “The Little Albert Experiment”, Kendra Cherry,