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Operant conditioning Operant Conditioning – a type of learning in which behavior is strengthened if followed by a reinforcer or diminished if follow by a punisher- Respondent behavior – behavior that occurs as an automatic response to some stimulus: Skinner’s term for behavior learned through classical conditioning Operant behavior – behavior that operates on the environment producing consequences Is the organism learning associations between events that it doesn’t control (classical conditioning). Or is it learning associations between its behavior and the resulting event (operant conditioning) Skinner’s Experiments o Law of effect – Thorndike’s principle that behaviors followed by favorable consequences become more likely, and that behaviors followed by unfavorable consequences become less likely. o Operant chamber – a chamber containing a bar or key that an animal can manipulate to obtain food or water reinforcer, with attached devices to record the animal’s rate of bar pressing or key
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