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Jessica G. Irons & William Buskist

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 36: Operant Conditioning

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Operant Conditioning
Operant conditioning

If there is a single topic within psychology with which you are familiar, it is surely learning. After all, you have spent much of your life doing just that. As a child, you learned how to walk, how to talk, and how to get along (or not get along) with others. In school, you learned English, algebra, biology, geometry, and world history, among other things. And as an adult, you have continued to learn new things about yourself, your interests, and the world. With all that experience as a learner, you might think that you know everything there is to know about learning. But can you define what learning is? Can you describe how you have learned all the things that you ...

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