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  1. #1 Classical & Operant Conditioning 
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    If a cat sees a person walking towards it and, in fear it ran a way because it's afraid of being stepped on, as it had experienced in the pass and is relating to it now, would we say this is a case example of classical conditioning or operant conditioning? or perhaps both?
    i was thinking if its classical conditioning, then the conditioned stimulus would be people walking towards it, unconditioned stimulus would be people stepping on the cat.
    and if it is operant conditioning, not running away is the response and the result to it is being stepped on, which after a while it learns to run away because the cat has been "punished" (or is it negatively reinforced?)
    so which one is it? or both?


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    It depends on whether the cat is running away reflexively or consciously. If it's more of a reflex, then it is classical conditioning. If the cat is doing it more consciously... it's a decision it's making based on the environment around it... then it would be operant conditioning.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operant_conditioning
    Operant conditioning is the use of a behavior's antecedent and/or its consequence to influence the occurrence and form of behavior. Operant conditioning is distinguished from classical conditioning (also called respondent conditioning) in that operant conditioning deals with the modification of "voluntary behavior" or operant behavior. Operant behavior "operates" on the environment and is maintained by its consequences, while classical conditioning deals with the conditioning of reflexive (reflex) behaviors which are elicited by antecedent conditions. Behaviors conditioned via a classical conditioning procedure are not maintained by consequences.


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    wow thanks i think i got my answer now
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