Conditioning

Behaviorists view learning as a change of or influence on a person's behavior due to experience. In other words, experience is the best teacher. The type of learning behaviorists focus on is conditioning. Conditioning is a learning process in which an environmental stimulus elicits a response, and an individual learns from the association between that stimulus and response. The association is what conditions, or modifies, your behavior and you therefore learn to behave in a certain manner toward the same stimulus in the future. There are two types of conditioning: classical conditioning and operant conditioning. If this seems confusing, don't worry. The following sections will take a closer look at each of these types of conditioning to help you better understand how it works.

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