The example about the car… you are conditiones to put on your seat-belt. He said that it was operant conditioning but wouldn’t it also be classical conditioning. Aren’t you classical conditioned to put your seatbelt…?
Classical conditioning is based on a relationship that occurs in nature; it must be unlearned. For example, we are born fearful of loud noises. Dog salivate when they eat. Using a seat belt has be learned.
With classical conditioning, you are experiencing an emotional reponse or reflex, whereas operant condition is specifically choosing to engage or not engage in a behavior. You can choose to buckle your seatbelt, so it is operant.
Classical conditioning refers to the behaviors that you do not learn on purpose, if that makes sense, to help you remember it easily. If your taste buds start to tingle if you think of a lemon, that’s classical conditioning because that will happen when you eat a lemon. You are aware that at some point you learned to put on your seat belt even though it is automatic now. Operant Conditioning refers to the behaviors that are reinforced to encourage them happening again. These are behaviors that helped you to “operate” in the world, potty training, sleeping through the night, doing your homework, etc.