The difference between classical and operant conditioning - Peggy Andover

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Operant is a type of behaviorism. Behaviorism is a school of thought that focuses on the behavior of animals and humans.

  • The operant conditioning experiment was designed to test the operant theory of learning.
  • The operant conditioning experiment was designed to test the operant theory of learning.

A physiologist is a scientist who studies the body and how it functions. They often study things like the heart, lungs, and digestive system.

  • He is a physiologist, which is why he is so interested in the body.

Salivate is to drool or to produce saliva. When you salivate, you are drooling or producing saliva.

  • He was salivating all over the place, and his saliva was dripping down his chin.
  • The dog was salivating, and his saliva was dripping down the side of the house.

An unconditioned stimulus is something that is not usually associated with a certain response. For example, a bell might be an unconditioned stimulus, because it's usually associated with the sound of the bell being rung.

  • He couldn't get the dog to stop barking by using the usual methods, so he tried an unconditioned stimulus by throwing a treat in the dog's direction.
  • The student was not responding to the teacher's usual methods, so he tried an unconditioned stimulus by yelling at the student.

Salivation is the secretion of saliva from the mouth. It is often a sign of excitement or anxiety.

  • The dog was salivating profusely, which was a clear sign of its excitement.
  • The patient was salivating because of the pain medication.

Veggies are fruits and vegetables. These are the foods that are typically considered to be healthy, because they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals.

  • She ate a salad as her main dish, and included some veggies along with the salad.
  • He ate a salad, but he didn't include any vegetables.

A connoisseur is someone who is very experienced in a particular field. They can often tell the difference between good and bad art, or between a good wine and a bad wine.

  • There are many connoisseurs of art, and they all have their own opinion.
  • The connoisseurs at the wine auction were bidding very high prices for the wine.

Pigeons are birds that are usually used for transportation. They are usually found in large groups, and they can fly very fast.

  • The pigeons are flying around the city, looking for food.

A reinforcement is something that helps to encourage or motivate someone. It can be anything from a positive comment to a gift.

  • The reinforcement was a gift, which made the employee feel a lot better.
  • The reinforcement was a positive comment, which helped to encourage her to continue working hard.