Describe how operant conditioning might influence Zane’s ability to perform on his oboe during the performance evaluation. Definitions alone will not earn points.


Operant conditioning is the process of learning voluntary behavior through reinforcement and punishment. The positive reinforcement Zane has experienced previously from playing his oboe (compliments, applause, etc.) will make Zane more confident during his performance evaluation. If Zane has not experienced much or any positive reinforcement, Zane may be nervous in his evaluation and feel less confident. As a result, he may not perform as well.