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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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October 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm
(1) angela says:

Thank you for this post. You’re helping me improve my understanding (and therefore my final grade) in Intro to Psychology!

December 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(2) Kathy says:

thank you so much!

December 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(3) Thomas says:

Very short and too the point. Based on the way you described it. I finally understand it. Thank you.

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