Through the course, I came to realize we (can't) control people’s mind, but we can control people’s behavior. We can make people act in a certain way by conditioning: a form of learning that modifies reaction to a stimulus. There were two major conditionings I learned from the course: operant and classical. First, operant conditioning uses rewards and punishments to encourage or diminish certain behaviors. This method of conditioning could be seen easily in our daily life. For instance, if my parents scorned me for getting bad grades, they were using positive punishment, which is one of the operant conditioning.
Recently, when I was reviewing my notes and books to prepare for my test, I confronted the concept of classical conditioning again. Like the beginning of the year, my heart was burning with passion. Now as I finished learning it, I wondered if it would work in real life, so I tried it on my own.
I planned to test this theory with my sister. Beforehand, I got a promise and an agreement from my sister that she could possibly be deceived about the procedure of an experiment for research methods. Then, I briefly told her what I was testing. However, if she knew too much about the experiment, she could be biased, so I briefly told her about the experiment.
By observing the life around me, I could see that classical conditioning and operant conditioning were present in the daily lives of people. Unconsciously or consciously, people were conditioning others to get a behavior that they wanted. For example, classical conditioning is often used as a solution for addictions or bad habits. In conclusion, the lessons that once seemed to be useless and unusable were possible to be used in some sort of way, and it was possible to manipulate people's behavior. Just as I learned, we couldn’t fully control people, but we certainly could for people’s behavior.
Korea International School Jeju
Kim Dongki firstname.lastname@example.org
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