Operant Conditioning Lesson

Operant Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

Operant conditioning is different from classical conditioning:

In classical conditioning, the researcher presents the conditioned and unconditioned stimuli independent of the participant's behavior. The unconditioned response is drawn out of the participant. Rections to the conditioned stimulus are then observed by the researcher.

In operant conditioning, the participant must engage in a behavior in order for the programmed outcome to occur. In other words, the study of operant conditioning is a study of how voluntary behavior is affected, or influenced, by its consequences.

Classical conditioning vs. operant conditioning