In this learning pathway we will explore the origins of operant condition, and the use of reward and punishment to change animals’ behavior. As you make your way through this learning pathway take note that operant conditioning really requires the person or animal to executive a voluntary operation on the environment, or operant response. We will also look at the power of observational learning.


Operant Conditioning

Dr. Dukewich provides a brief orientation to this learning pathway on operant condition and observational learning.



By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between reinforcement and punishment
  • Distinguish between reinforcement schedules
  • Define observational learning
  • Discuss the modeling process