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What Is Operant Conditioning and How Does It Work? How Reinforcement and Punishment Modify Behavior By Saul McLeod (saul-mcleod.html), updated 2018  Download Article as PDF (simplypsychology.org-Skinner.pdf) Operant conditioning, also known as instrumental conditioning, is a method of learning normally attributed to B.F. Skinner, where the consequences of a response determine the probability of it being repeated. Through operant conditioning behavior which is reinforced (rewarded) will likely be repeated, and behavior which is punished will occur less frequently. By the 1920s, John B. Watson had left academic psychology, and other behaviorists (behaviorism.html) were becoming influential, proposing new forms of learning other than classical conditioning (classical-conditioning.html). Perhaps the most important of these was Burrhus Frederic Skinner. Although, for obvious reasons, he is more commonly known as B.F. Skinner. Article Content Positive Reinforcement Negative Reinforcement Punishment Schedules of Reinforcement Behavior Modification Token Economy Behavior Shaping Educational Applications Summary Critical Evaluation References Skinner's views were slightly less extreme than those of Watson (classicalconditioning.html) (1913). Skinner believed that we do have such a thing as a mind, but that it is simply more productive to study observable behavior rather than internal mental events. The work of Skinner was rooted in a view that classical conditioning was far to ...
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