Operant conditioning or sometimes instrumental conditioning is a method thought by the behaviorist B.F. Skinner. Skinner describes this method of learning that occurs through punishment and reward. Skinner got the name operant by the behavior that is changed by the use of reinforcement after the given response. Growing up as a child you will experience operant condition. Since children’s behaviors vary you never know what kind of behavior you will see. When I was growing up and in grade school, my parents would reward me when I received a good grade. By earning a good grade I was reinforced with a toy or clothes. Once I figured out I would received these new gifts it made me work harder in school so I could get more things. My grades improved and my parents were happy. This is an excellent tactic that parents do today so if you want your children to succeed in school, give them an ultimatum and hope they do well!
After learning about operant conditioning I didn’t know it was found everywhere. For instance, my car has a red flashing light that blinks when I start my car without putting my seat belt on. With that annoying flashing and sound I make sure I put my seat belt on before I start my car or if I have someone else in the passenger seat. What is your one of your operant conditions you have experienced?