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Classical and Operant Conditioning in Addictive Behavior

Do classical conditioning and/or operant conditioning play any kind of role in addictive behavior? Why do you think that might be?

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In the case of addiction, I would say the classical conditioning is the prevalent influence. The addict gets the feeling of satisfaction from the addiction and usually gets it every time. This reward type of behavioral influence is much more gratifying than the penalities in many cases. A drug addict gets high and leaves their problems, but when the high is gone they must get more. The reward for getting more is ...

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A short discussion on whether classical conditioning or operant conditioning play a role in addictive behavior.