operant conditioning


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operant conditioning

[′äp·ə·rənt kən′dish·ə·niŋ]
(psychology)
A form of learning in which the subject, in a given situation, tends to respond in a way that produces rewarding effects, reinforcing previous pleasurable experiences. Also known as instrumental conditioning; reinforcement conditioning.
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operant conditioning

See CONDITIONING.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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First, it is an empirical fact quite beyond dispute that operant conditioning can work on human beings regardless of our (straightforward) beliefs.
Moreover, many of the studies trained infants, however briefly, to make discriminations or to show preferences, by reinforcing appropriate responses (although the authors rarely, if ever, referred to their training as operant conditioning).
The first reason is that learning courses typically focus heavily on the use of operant conditioning procedures for increasing the likelihood of desirable behaviors and decreasing the likelihood of undesirable behaviors.
Development of a science unit on operant conditioning at the elementary school level.
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Operant conditioning preparations usually measure and take into account the operant response selected (lever-pressing, key-pecking, etc.), assuming that the rest of the behaviors vary according to the contingencies scheduled for the operant responses.
There are three basic ways you can use operant conditioning:
Part II, "Learning About the Consequences of One's Behavior," covers operant conditioning and related ideas, including reinforcers as sources of incentive motivation, successive approximation, differential and partial reinforcement, making choices, inference and the similarities between operant conditioning and natural selection.
Operant Conditioning of fusional convergence ranges using random dot stereograms.
Research on the modification of apparently "involuntary" isolated muscle contractions using sEMG represented a major early application of operant conditioning. For example, adult subjects initially were found to be able to voluntarily control vasomotor activity, but only when they were able to observe a polygraph record of their own continuous physiological changes (Razran, 1961).
This includes operant conditioning and the principles of reinforcement of B.F.
Operant Conditioning uses an electric shock as the stimulus to decrease the likelihood of a particular behavior being repeated, such as a bird landing on a building.