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What's the Difference Between Classical and Operant Conditioning?

By July 19, 2012

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Learning can occur in a variety of ways. Two of the ways we often talk about in psychology are classical and operant conditioning. While these two conditioning techniques share some similarities, it is important to understand the differences between them.

One of the major differences involves the types of behaviors that are conditioned. While classical conditioning is centered on involuntary, automatic behaviors, operant conditioning is focused on voluntary behaviors.

Learn more about how these two types of conditioning work and the major differences between them: - Classical vs Operant Conditioning.

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