PsychSim 5: Operant Conditioning
Structured like the program on classical conditioning, this begins by explaining and illustrating the basic elements of operant conditioning. It also points out the differences between classical and operant conditioning. Types of reinforcers are introduced and illustrated. In the concluding module, a rat presses a bar in order to obtain drops of water. The student selects the schedule of reinforcement; the rat’s response rate under each schedule is shown on a comparative graph. This is best used after students understand reinforcement schedules.