Functional Operant

Not all responses are able to be modified, but a functional operant is a response which is modifiable. It is important to demonstrate that a response is able to be modified by its consequences before it is considered an operant response.

For example, when learning to drive a car with a standard transmission you must learn to release the clutch and press the gas with precise timing or the car will stall. Only when you release the clutch and press the gas at the proper time will the car's gears appropriately shift.

 

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