Respondent or Operant?: Scientifically Explored
Drawing a distinction between respondent (classical) and operant conditioning has been useful historically for both researchers and practitioners. Now, however, differences have arisen in the scientific community. Some people think of classical and operant conditioning as two completely different processes. Others see them as a continuum, from classical (unconscious) to deliberate (conscious) learning. Still others want to blur or erase the difference altogether.
This lecture reviews the historic positions and clarify current thinking. You will see where you stand in your own mind, and how your position might affect your thinking about your own training procedures.