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Is operant conditioning best described as a behavior-response relationship, where the behavior elicits the response?

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Yes, if you want to put it very simply, you could summarize operant conditioning as a behavior-response relationship where the behavior elicits the response. However, I would argue that it doesn’t stop just there—the chain of consequences continues beyond this behavior-response connection.

After all, the kind of response received, according to operant conditioning, will then influence future decision-making and future behavior. If a certain behavior is to be encouraged, then the response to...

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