Operant Conditioning: An Imperfect Solution for the Classroom

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Operant Conditioning: An Imperfect Solution for the Classroom
What is Operant Conditioning?
Operant conditioning is the process of changing someone’s behaviour through a response to a stimulus. As noted by Skinner (1981), this is related to the early experiments of Ivan Pavlov, who was a Russian physiologist. Pavlov showed that dogs could be conditioned to salivate when a bell was rung, because they received food every time they heard the bell. Over time, the dogs came to expect the food when they heard the noise. Skinner (1981) used this idea to apply to psychology. If people were able to be conditioned, he argued, then there would be a better chance of recovery from some psychological conditions. Skinner (1981) proved that it was...
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