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Behavior Modeling and Direct Reinforcement

Why is behavior modeling often more effective than direct reinforcement for helping employees to learn new behaviors?

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First, behavior modification (a.k.a operant conditioning and reinforcement theory) is one of the oldest perspectives on learning. Reinforcement theory takes a rather extreme view that learning is completely dependent on the environment. In addition, behavior modification views human thoughts as unimportant intermediate stages between behavior and the environment.