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Analytical Theory of Operant Conditioning

Can you give provide me with some analytical theory of operant conditioning. In your reviews, please highlight the following items:

â?¢ Describe the theory of operant conditioning.
â?¢ Compare and contrast positive and negative reinforcement.
â?¢ Determine which form of reinforcement is the most effective. Explain your reasoning.
â?¢ Select a scenario in which you would apply operant conditioning to shape behavior.
â?¢ Create a reinforcement schedule for your selected behavior

Also if possible provide a brief life scenario for the subject above.

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* Operant conditioning is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior. Through operant conditioning, an association is made between a behavior and a consequence for that behavior. Behaviorist B.F. Skinner used the term operant to any "active behavior that operates upon the environment to generate consequences. Operant conditioning encourages us to behave in ways that exert influence or control over our environment.
* Positive ...

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The analytical theory of operant conditioning is discussed in this solution.