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        Adaptive Value refers to the usefulness of certain abilities or traits that have evolved in animals & humans and tend to increase their chances of survival.

Terms related to Adaptive Value:

        Taste-aversion learning refers to associating a particular sensory cue (smell, sight, taste, or sound) with getting sick & thereafter avoiding that cue in the future. Has adaptive value in warning us of bad things. One trial learning can occur!

        Preparedness refers to the phenomenon that we are biologically prepared to associate some combinations of conditioned & unconditioned stimuli more easily than others.

        A Conditioned Emotional Response refers to feeling some positive or negative emotion when experiencing a stimulus that initially accompanied a pleasant or painful event.

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