Major Movements in Psychology


How is operant conditioning relevant to animal life?

Most of animal training involves operant conditioning. When we spray our cat with a squirt gun after he jumps on the kitchen counter or give our dog a treat after he rolls over, we are using operant conditioning. Even pigeons can be shaped to do a particular behavior, such as peck at a lever, by successively rewarding behavior that more closely approximates the desired behavior.


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