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Operant Conditioning

This content delves into the concept of operant conditioning, a fundamental aspect of behaviorism, focusing on how behaviors are influenced by positive and negative reinforcements and punishments.
  • Operant conditioning is a behavioral change technique that uses positive and negative reinforcements and punishments to influence behavior.
  • Behaviorism, the broader field encompassing operant conditioning, prioritizes observable behaviors over internal processes.
  • Positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement both aim to increase a behavior, but they do so through adding or removing stimuli, respectively.
  • Positive punishment and negative punishment aim to decrease a behavior, with the former introducing a negative stimulus and the latter removing a positive one.
  • Examples and explanations provided clarify common confusions, such as the difference between positive punishment and negative punishment.
Introduction to Operant Conditioning
Behaviorism and Operant Conditioning
Reinforcements and Punishments
Understanding Positive and Negative Reinforcements
Skinner Box and Operant Conditioning