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Skinner - Rats and Skinner Boxes Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Background

 
Backgr­ound: Skinner believed classical condit­ioning was far too simplistic to explain something as complex as human behaviour. He was interested in the causes and conseq­uences of actions. He called this approach operant condit­ioning.

Definition

 
Learning by conseq­uences of actions.

Main catego­ries:
Reinfo­rcement
Punishment

Subc­ate­gor­ies:
Positive
Negative
  

Explan­ation

 
In operant condit­ioning, the stimuli present when behaviour is rewarded, controls that behaviour.

In theory, any behaviour which isn’t reinforced dies out while reinforced behaviour continues.

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