Operant conditioning is one the most well-known techniques that help people strengthen or weaken a certain behavior by trying to get a voluntary response from a particular patient. There are many different takes on this method, and each take has a various way of conducting this technique, but either way, they still have the same purpose in mind. A lot of Austin therapists enjoy using this method because of how it effective it can be, and for the long-term effects, it has on the patient. Knowing more about operant conditioning will give you an appreciation of this concept, and new knowledge on how therapists operate while performing this treatment.
There is a study that shows that Operant conditioning, is directly inversed with the Law of Effect. It states that positive reactions can help strengthen a behavior, why negative reactions can weaken them instead. One example can be seen in sports, particularly in basketball while shooting a free throw shot. Two players will shoot five free throw shots each, both will have coaches behind them, but one will show positive reactions, while the other will do the opposite. Results show that the player with the more real reactive coach shot a better free throw percentage compared to the other basketball player.
This kind of technique is known for being able to tame children who are in their rough and energetic stages, without having to lose your cool or raise your voice. This is the beauty of operant conditioning, during the process you will already see that change that you will want to have with your child. And it is great because all you will need is persistence and repetition. When a person is going through operant conditioning, there will be a stimulus that will result in a specific reaction. Thus, if this constantly repeatedly over time, then it whenever that stimulus happens naturally, then the reaction should be the same as if during the testing phase.
Another way of conditioning a person’s mind is by using reinforcements and punishments, which results in the strengthening and weakening of certain behaviors. The reaction to reinforcements and punishments differ depending on the person’s personality, and that is why you should try both out to see if reinforcing or punishing will lead to the results that you want. Reinforcements work well regarding relationships, it is a way for them to meet in the middle, and motivate each other to be better partners. Some try to encourage good change with exchange for food, date nights, and even sex.
With punishment, it is seen that it can do a person good while they are in their younger ages. There are some instances with kids who get too much of their way, end up becoming spoiled and brats. With punishments, it can humble them down, and become more law-abiding people as they grow older. It will always be best to instill discipline in them at a young age to help in the future.