posted by carmen .
Can someone please tell me if I am defining operant conditioning correctly:
Operant conditioning is a process of increasing or decreasing a specific behavior through reinforcement (positive or negative), punishment or extinction. The person operates based on the environment through learned discriminative stimulus.
The orriginal question:
Define operant conditioning and discuss how this method works to increase desired behavior.
If behavior is rewarded after it is done, that behavior is likely to be repeated. Punishment leads to a temporary suppression of the behavior, while nonreward (neither reward nor punishment) follows the behavior, it will go to extinction.
This article might help a little more.