Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
TODOROV, João Cláudio. The evolution of the concept of operant. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.2, pp. 123-127. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722002000200002.
The concept of operant was developed by Skinner as an answer to the problems he had using the concept of reflex to describe the eating behavior of rats. The present work shows the evolution of the concept to present times, when the unity of analysis is the concept of triple contingency.
Keywords : response; operant; contingency.