8.9 Generalized Operant Example #1 Part 2

Each of the girl’s responses has a different form, but they all have the same effect (receiving praise) in a given context (brother saying “do this” and doing something). Her responses are members of a generalized operant class. Research has shown that imitating another person like this can be trained through operant conditioning. This just means delivering similar effects (consequences) in a given context for a type of response.

A cartoon illustrating a girl and a boy engaged in conversation.
OperantClass of responses that often have the same effect in a given context
Generalized OperantAn operant in which the form of the individual responses varies considerably
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