The Big Bang Theory explains Operant and Classical Conditioning

In honor of BF Skinner’s birthday, I thought I’d share these fun clips from the Big Bang Theory which touch on some of the four quadrants that Skinner pinpointed as part of “operant conditioning.” Operant is another one of those weird Skinner words that probably could’ve used a go over in the ad offices of Sterling Cooper. “Operant” simply means that the trainee is “operating” on their environment to affect change. God, even I fell asleep during that sentence. Sorry. Just watch the sitcom’s explanation. If you like it, I’ll scratch your belly.

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  3. Yes, Sheldon Cooper of the sitcom Big Bang Theory. Lots of us know about this character played by Jim Parsons. You could say that Sheldon is a classic example of a weird friend. Initially, I thought Sheldon was an alien from outer space. The way he behaves, his figurative mode of speech was unusual and seriously discrete. If you take a character analysis of Sheldon ways of living, mannerism, it could sometimes flabbergast you. Why? Because you have a person like his friends Leonard, Howard, and Rajesh have an extensive collection of superhero toys in which Flash is his favorite. Man! You will split into laughter, when you see in an episode where he dresses up as the Flash after drinking five cups of coffee. He gets so energized and intoxicated that he just speeds out of the apartment into the street in the Flash costume. ^

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