Difference in classical and operant conditioning

Learning in psychology(esp. Behavioral Psychology) is through classical or operant conditioning. Its a change in behavior depending on the environment.

Classical Conditioning

Pavlo's dog experiment was Classical conditioning. Conditional Stimulus(Bell) comes before the change in action.

Operant Conditioning

Consequences lead to change in voluntary behavior


Eg. Giving a child candy for doing something good. Conditioning is after the action.


Eg. Beating a child for doing something wrong.