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PSY310 DQ 2 Week 4 - In the case of Skinner's pigeons...

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DQ 2: What are the similarities between classical conditioning, as described by John B. Watson, and operant conditioning, as defined by B. F. Skinner? What are the differences? Discussion question responses should reflect critical thought and analysis. Whenever possible, please try to relate the course content to real-world applications from your work experience. Responses should be at least 250 - 300 words and will be scored as part of the participation points. They need to include two references [the text and one other reference (peer reviewed journal) – cited and referenced in APA format]. At least 60% of the DQ will be your words. In the case of baby Albert, Watson was able to cause Albert to fear white rats by making a loud banging noise when exposing him to the rats. Over a period of time, baby Albert developed a fear of the rat, which in the end caused baby Albert to fuss and cry and become frightened when presented with the rat.
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Unformatted text preview: In the case of Skinner's pigeons, they (just as Albert) developed a behavior based on the different things they were exposed to when placed in a box. Albert developed fear, and the pigeons developed the ability to perform tasks so that they could receive a reward of food for their behavior. In the end, Watson and Skinner were both able to achieve a desired outcome when it came to the behavior of their subjects. Watson wanted to demonstrate how he could cause baby Albert develop a fear of white rats. Skinner demonstrated how he could condition the pigeons to behave in the desired way over time by rewarding them in scheduled intervals. Goodwin, C. J. (2008). A History of Modern Psychology . Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/content/eBookLibrary2/content/TOC.aspx? assetdataid=79608bc7-62ab-4904-97ea-26218c01a3d5&assetmetaid=534e4026-73ec-4dc2-a19d-6e3f92722961 ....
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