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Define B. F. Skinner's Operant Conditioning.

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B.F. Skinner's operant conditioning is an intervention that is mostly used to achieve a behavior. The term "operant" indicates that the process by which we will achieve the behavior is through actions and practices in a sequence or a pattern. The "conditioning" refers to the expected changes that will take place.

The basic components of operant conditioning are:

a) Reinforcement- This is the process by which one gives feedback, or incentives after the behavior that we want to achieve occurs. An example would be giving a dog a treat after the dog responds to a command that we want it to do. What reinforcement does is that it motivates the individual (or, in this case, the dog) to continue doing what we want it to do. The reinforcement is not always...

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