How Much Do You Know About Behaviorism?

Can you answer these questions about classical and operant conditioning?

1. The period of time when the conditioned stimulus first comes to evoke the conditioned response is called:

2. Little Albert was conditioned to fear a white rat, but he was also afraid of other furry, white objects. This is called:

3. Who outlined the behaviorist school of thought in his 1913 paper "Psychology As the Behaviorist Views It?"

4. What is a reinforcer?

5. The sudden reappearance of a response after a period of extinction is known as:

6. Which of the following is true of learning?

7. Innate reinforcers such as food and water that diminish a biological need are known as:

8. A worker is rewarded for the first response after a specified period of time. What reinforcement schedule is this?

9. In classical conditioning, the natural and unlearned reaction to an unconditioned stimulus (UCS) is known as the:

10. Which of B.F. Skinner's schedules of reinforcement is the most difficult to extinguish?

11. What is a punishment?

12. What learning process did B.F. Skinner describe?

13. In Pavlov's classic experiment with dogs, the food was the:

14. While Ivan Pavlov is famous for his contributions to psychology, he was actually a:

15. Negative reinforcement increases the strength or frequency of a response by _____ an aversive stimulus.

How Much Do You Know About Behaviorism?

You got: % Correct. You're the Next B.F. Skinner

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You're no slouch when it comes to classical and operant conditioning. Not only are you well-versed in the history of behaviorism and many of the major behaviorist thinkers, you also have a solid understanding of the basics of reinforcement, punishment and reinforcement schedules.

Keep your knowledge fresh by reviewing some of the key differences between classical and operant conditioning.

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How Much Do You Know About Behaviorism?

You got: % Correct. You're a Novice Behaviorist

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You have some knowledge of the basics of behaviorism, but you could probably stand to brush up on your knowledge of some of the finer details.

Start by learning more about some of the key differences between classical and operant conditioning. Once you have a solid understanding of some of the basics, move on to learn more about reinforcement, punishment and schedules of reinforcement.

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How Much Do You Know About Behaviorism?

You got: % Correct. You Need to Study a Bit More

I got You Need to Study a Bit More. How Much Do You Know About Behaviorism?
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Don't feel bad - many behavioral concepts can be quite challenging, especially for beginners. Fortunately, a little further study can help you master these concepts and ace your psychology exams.

Start by learning a little more about the history of behaviorism as well as some of the most influential behavioral thinkers including Ivan Pavlov, John B. Watson and B.F. Skinner.

Also explore some of the basics of classical conditioning and operant conditioning, as well as some critical differences between the two types of conditioning.

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