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Reconditioning

In classical conditioning, an unconditional stimulus (i.e., canned food) is paired with a conditioned stimulus (i.e., an electric can opener). If the electric can opener were no longer followed by the food, the link between the sound of the electric can opener and food would become extinct. If the electric can opener were again followed by the canned food, the connection would then be reestablished and the link would be reconditioned. Reconditioning takes less time to pair the unconditioned stimulus and conditioned stimulus than the initial conditioning.

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