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Operant Conditioning

by: Myrissa Webb

Operant Conditioning PSYC 2010 - 001

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Introduction into Psychology
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Date Created: 09/21/16
Operant Conditioning  Type of associative learning in which the consequences of a behavior change the probability of the behaviors  Voluntary behavior  Edward Thordike  Cats in puzzle boxes  Law of Effect: Over time, behaviors that are rewarded are strengthened. Behaviors that have negative consequence are weakened  Acquisition: Occurs because a certain behavior was reinforced  Extinction: Person will no longer perform behavior if not reinforced  Generalization: Behavior can generalize if wider and wider range of behaviors one reinforced  B.F. Skinner  Father of behaviorist  Skinner box  Principles of Reinforcement  Reinforcement the process by which a stimulus or an event strengthens or increases the probability of a behavior or an event that it follows  Positive Reinforcement: Increasing positive behavior (dog treat)  Negative Reinforcement: Taking away something negative (seatbelt, headache/Advil)  Ways to increase behavior Operant Condition Description Possible Examples Term Positive Add a desirable stimulus Getting a hug; receiving a Reinforcements paycheck Negative Remove an aversive Fastening seatbelt to turn off Reinforcements stimulus beeping  Primary Reinforce: An Innately reinforcing stimulus like food and drink (Hug)  Conditioned Reinforce: A learned reinforce that gets its reinforcing power through association with the primary reinforce (Pay Check)


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