The Theory Of Operant Conditioning Essay

1045 Words Jun 28th, 2016 null Page
Throughout my degree program, I have learned about many theorists within the various psychological schools of thought. I feel each different theorist made a huge impression of psychology that is used in the modern world today. All the discoveries that were founded years ago, have helped introduce new ideas. Mental disorders are now manageable to live with, because there has been new approaches and theories to help a person better understand how to cope with these issues. In my opinion, I found Burrhus Frederic Skinner’s theorist very influential. Skinner developed the theory of operant conditioning. The main concepts of this theory was known as behavior is controlled by different consequences. For example, operant conditioning is known as a form of behavior which can be determined when it comes to a series of consequences. When a person reacts or behaves a certain way, consequences such as punishments or reinforcements will occur. Behavior may be more or less common to reoccur again. “Skinner 's point of views about operant conditioning were less extreme than those of Watson” (Watson, 1913).
Skinner had many different strengths when it came to operant conditioning. For instance, in any form of behavior Skinner thought a consequence would always occur. A consequence does not always have to bad. Skinner felt consequences could be positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement. He also thought that positive punishment and negative punishment were also consequences that…

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