Unit 3, Discussion 1.docx - Operant behaviors are learned behaviors that are evoked by antecedent stimuli and controlled by the resulting

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Operant behaviors are learned behaviors that are evoked by antecedent stimuli and controlled by the resulting consequence. (Miltenberger, 2014). An operant behavior that I engaged in today would be putting gas in my car. The antecedent stimuli in this case would be my gas light coming on. The gas light is what has evoked me to putting gas in my car. The consequence of me putting gas in my car is my tank being filled up, allowing for my car to continue driving. Unlike operant behaviors, respondent behaviors are elicited by antecedent stimuli and are not learned behaviors, but are autonomic in nature (Miltenberger, 2014). A respondent behavior that I exhibited today would be my stomach growling at the sight of food. The food in this case would be the antecedent stimuli, while my stomach growling is the respondent behavior. Operant conditioning can be very beneficial in ABA therapy because the reaction that we give in response to a behavior can help to achieve a desired goal. Through manipulation of consequences, certain behaviors can be increased or decreased.
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Unformatted text preview: In ABA therapy, many intervention programs involve the manipulation of behavior. Through my current knowledge of operant conditioning, this is a beneficial tool to use when decreasing or increasing a behavior. Since operant behaviors are controlled by resulting consequence, an ABA therapist can chose a number of ways to reinforce or eliminate a behavior from occurring. In order to increase a behavior, positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement can be used (Miltenberger, 2014). Positive punishment and negative punishment in contrast can decrease or weaken a behavior (Miltenberger, 2014). Each of these tactics can be incorporated into operant conditioning depending on what the goal for a particular behavior may be. By the continued use of something such as positive reinforcement, an association will be made with References Miltenberger, R. G. (2014) Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures . [Capella]. Retrieved from ...
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  • Spring '19
  • CELIA HAYMAN

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