• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To What Extent Do You Think That Conditioning (both Classical and Operant) is a Good Explanation of the Way We Behave?

Extracts from this document...


To What Extent Do You Think That Conditioning (both Classical and Operant) is a Good Explanation of the Way We Behave? Both Pavlov and Skinner have proven that animals can be trained to expect a result coming from a type of condition due to past experiences. However, it may not be the same for human beings, as they have much more complex minds than any other species on Earth. Classical and Operant conditioning may work only on some humans but it may not work on some other humans. Operant conditioning is when a living being experiences punishment or any consequences when committing a particular act, it will often stop doing the same thing next time, as it doesn't want to experience the consequence again. ...read more.


In some more scarce occasions, the teenager might feel that it is right to steal, as if the world owes him/her, which motivates the teenager to continue committing his/her crime. Nonetheless, there are under some circumstances that fit into the criteria, such as if a person almost got crushed by a car when crossing a road, he/she would be much more careful in the future, as the person doesn't want to die. Classical conditioning is training a living being to respond to a specific stimulus, such as a dog salivating if a ringing bell is heard. ...read more.


Human nature is a very complex system that enables human beings to be different from the theories of response and stimulus. They will not just think if one thing happens, another result will follow. Some people will think of other possibilities, which makes the whole situation extremely complex. Classical and Operant conditioning may work on toddlers as they still have very simple thinking, but as humans grow older their minds will also become more advanced as well as complicated, making their thinking not as straightforward as the theories suggest. Classical and Operant conditioning may not be 100% efficient on analysing human behaviour, but if it is used on other animals or on human toddlers, it will be quite effective. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances essays

  1. Describe to what extent does the automization of perception and pictorial cues cause's people ...

    An object on the ground , hence being below the horizon gets higher in visual field and is therefore perceived as being smaller as it moves away towards the horizon. The line that appears to form between the ground and horizon result in the misinterpretation of this visual illusion.

  2. Assessment analysing + commentary

    My partner played the house wife who was worried that her friends would think her husband is not receiving enough 'action' from her, therefore felt the need to 'touch up' breasts as a career. The doctor (me) insisted that he generally showed an interest in breast cancer and that this was the job for him.

  1. One thing that endures through time and change is one's brain; so perhaps the ...

    This means that we would charge someone who removed the ventilator from a PVS patient with interfering with corpses rather than murder.'3 Also, all the resources for the maintenance of the PVS 'bodies' (both, financial and human)

  2. The Good Luck Gift

    A length we reached the final room, and Rebecca peered inside, but evidently could not see the interior, as her person was obstructing the only light source. "Go inside the room" I advised "Then you shall be able to see the gifts which await you."

  1. There is a problem with the way the world works right now. People do ...

    Effective listening: This is one of the main concerns when shifting from androcratic to Gylanic models. Over time our conversational skills have excelled while or listening skills have fallen by the way side. We have seen great leaders, and great icons of pop-culture speak without listening, and it is not

  2. How ICT helps people with disabilities.

    It is not appropriate to investigate a range of individuals with different disabilities. Unit 3 Report C How ICT helps people with disabilities Introduction In this Report I will write about how ICT has evolved for people with disabilities, and what the disabled people use instead of the normal devices and software.

  1. Why be good?

    therefore I am not creating harm myself, and so I am good. Now it is clear that its certainly impossible to use John Stewart Mill's harm theory to class what a good or a bad action is, so I'm right back where I started. So Lets take a new approach.

  2. Capital Punishment - Response phase

    However I think it would have been effective if we had had more time or if we had less people in each group. We started off by reading an article on Timothy Mc Vaugh. We spoke about how the writer described the final minutes of Mc Vaugh's life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work