Social Learning Theory

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  • Skinner is a key researcher linked with developing the theory of operant conditioning.
  • He developed various ways of reinforcing rats using food pellets, whicb, because the rats were hungry, meant the food acted like a reward. 
  • He was able to vary the conditions so that the food was only released if the rat pulled the lever when a red light was on and not when a green light was on.
  • The rats quickly learnt to press the lever when the red light was on. 
  • Thorndike also carried out experiments to examine operant conditioning principles.


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