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Psychology of Learning: Operant Conditioning

There are four different reinforcement schedules that are used in operant conditioning. Describe each of the schedules and provide an example of each that impacts you. Also, please explain why a variable ratio of reinforcement is more powerful than a fixed ratio.

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*There are four different reinforcement schedules that are used in operant conditioning. Describe each of the schedules and provide an example of each that impacts you. Also, please explain why a variable ratio of reinforcement is more powerful than a fixed ratio.

Reinforcement is a consequence that increases the likelihood that a behavior will occur again, and is used to demonstrate how operant conditioning affects behavior. There are two primary schedules in reinforcement: continuous and partial. Based on continuous reinforcement, each and every target behavior is reinforced that results in rapid learning of a behavior. Partial reinforcement behaviors are reinforced only some of the time that they occur. Once a behavior is learned, a partial reinforcement schedule is more effective in maintaining the behavior over time. Partial reinforcement is associated with four specific schedules: fixed ratio schedule, fixed interval schedule, variable ...

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This solution describes the four schedules of reinforcement in operant conditioning.

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