One of the many different ways in which people can learn is through a process known as operant conditioning also known as instrumental conditioning. The type of reinforcement used can play an important role in how quickly a behavior is learned and the overall strength of the resulting response. Reinforcement is a term used in operant conditioning to refer to anything that increases the likelihood that a response will occur. Psychologist B. Skinner is considered the father of this theory. Note that reinforcement is defined by the effect that it has on behavior—it increases or strengthens the response. For example, reinforcement might involve presenting praise the reinforcer immediately after a child puts away her toys the response.
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