Operant conditioning

Operant conditioning

These questions can serve as the starting point for your discussions during the week. They are “thought starters,” so that you can explore some ideas associated with the Discussion Board and unit topics. Answers are not required and should not be submitted with your required assignment. Answers are not graded.

Which do you think is more effective: reinforcement or punishment?

What do you think are the strongest motivators for most people?

B. Required Discussion Board assignment

The use of reward and punishment is an everyday human behavior. Research in psychology has looked extensively at different types of reinforcement and punishment as outlined in your textbook.

Part One

Define positive and negative reinforcement, and provide an example of each.

Part Two

Pick 2 of these questions, and provide further discussion on them:

Based on your experiences, how would you deal with a defiant child?

Which do you think is more effective for the child: reinforcement or punishment?

What are the limitations of operant conditioning (reward and punishment)?