Apply Operant Conditioning
This discussion has three parts:
1. What are some of the major theoretical assumptions of operant conditioning that set it apart from other theories of learning? What does this theory explain well about learning, and what does it not explain well?
2. Review the presentation Learning Theories: Case Studies. Choose one case study to use for this discussion. Using operant conditioning, identify a behavior that the individual could have previously learned. How could the operations of negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement, and punishment be used to hypothesize what the person has learned? What kind of intervention would work for this person when using an operant conditioning theoretical framework?
3. Share ways in which you have seen operant conditioning in action in your own life. When you have witnessed a behavior change or an attempt at a behavior change, how might operant conditioning explain what you observed?