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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Recent Trends in Operant Conditioning
Recent trends in operant conditioning

Our starting point for this chapter was a frequency analysis of the key words attached to articles published during the 10-year period from 1996–2006 in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a standard source of literature on operant conditioning. The topics we take up here are those our analysis revealed as more readily definitive, though we do not present them in order of relative frequency. Taken together, we consider them a reasonable roadmap for navigating the present landscape of theory and research in operant conditioning. We will turn to the topics after a brief look at the basic elements of the foundational theory of operant conditioning and general methods for its study.

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