Operant Conditioning - -1PsychSim 5: OPERANT CONDITIONING...

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-1 PsychSim 5: OPERANT CONDITIONING Name: Laura Johnston Section: Modules 21 - 23 Date: September 27, 2009 This activity describes a form of learning called operant conditioning—learning from the consequences that follow our actions. Classical vs. Operant Conditioning What is the distinction between classical and operant conditioning? Classical conditioning concerns an involuntary automatic response. Operant conditioning concerns voluntary behaviors. Reinforcement and Punishment What effect does reinforcement have on behavior? Reinforcement strengthens the behavior that follows raising the probability that the behavior will happen again. Give an example of positive reinforcement. A young boy who makes his bed and is repeatedly praised, the young boy beings to make his bed more often. Give an example of negative reinforcement. You are nagging constantly at a young boy about making his bed than stop the nagging as soon as he has made the bed What effect does punishment have on behavior? Punishment tends to weaken the behavior that follows or decreases its frequency.
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2011 for the course PSYC 140 taught by Professor Glackin during the Fall '09 term at Metropolitan Community College.

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Operant Conditioning - -1PsychSim 5: OPERANT CONDITIONING...

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