Operant conditioning and errorless learning procedures in the treatment of chronic aphasia

Sighvatsson, M.B, & Siguroardottir, Z.G (2006). Operant conditioning and errorless learning procedures in the treatment of chronic aphasia. International Journal of Psychology, 41 (6), 527-540.

This is a great article describing how operant conditioning has been proven to work effectively on four elderly patients diagnosed with chronic aphasia. Over the course of this study that was 7 months long these individuals have progressively improved in various trials such as sequencing and naming objects and people. This article gave me hope in that somebody who undergoes this treatment will one day have their life back.

Behavorism in Childhood Education

I found this interesting article demonstrating how educators use the behaviorist theory in classrooms, with students to promote good behavior, and also stop negative behavior. If a student speaks out of context, or puts their hands on another student their behavior will be reprimanded and will not be rewarded. If a student does well on their test, raises their hand to answer a question they will be rewarded and complimented for their positive behavior. This method teachers are using is B.F. Skinner model for operant conditioning in which learned behaviors can be modified, reinforced, or eliminated by using positive or negative responses, and rewarding behavior.