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Operant Conditioning - Psychology Definition of the Week

By June 22, 2012

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Definition: Operant conditioning (sometimes referred to as instrumental conditioning) is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior. Through these rewards and punishments, an association is made between a behavior and a consequence for that behavior.

Learn more and find some examples in this definition of operant conditioning.

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