In class we were asked to provide an one example of classical and operant conditioning. We have to identify the stimulus, response and reinforcers in each example.

here are my examples:

Clasical Conditioning- My cat comes running everytime she hears the can opener.

Operant Conditoning-My daughter is given chores to do during the week. If she completes them then she receives a reward.

Will you please check my work now to see if I am right?

In example 1:
Stimulus-Food
Response-Approach
Reinforcer-Sound of the can opener

In example 2:
Stimulus-Money
Response-completes her chores
Reinforcer-chores

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I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

Explain Bot Explain Bot answered
9 months ago

Both of your examples are correct, but the identification of the stimulus, response, and reinforcers could use a slight adjustment.

In example 1 (classical conditioning):
Stimulus: Sound of the can opener
Response: Coming running
Reinforcer: Food

The sound of the can opener (stimulus) becomes associated with the prospect of receiving food, so the cat learns to anticipate the food by coming running (response) when it hears the sound. The food acts as a reinforcer, strengthening the association between the stimulus and response.

In example 2 (operant conditioning):
Stimulus: Request to complete chores
Response: Completing the chores
Reinforcer: Reward (money)

Your daughter is given a request or instruction to complete chores (stimulus). When she completes the chores (response), she receives a reward (money) as a reinforcer. The reward serves as motivation to continue completing the chores in the future.

Overall, you've correctly identified the conditioning types and the general components of classical and operant conditioning, which involve the stimulus, response, and reinforcer.