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The Development of Discriminative Stimuli

Learning theories tell us that behavior will be based on immediate rewards and punishments unless discriminative stimuli are developed to reinforce the presence of future rewards. These discriminative stimuli act as cues or signals which help determine the appropriateness of a particular behavior. Our environment and social circle plays a major role in developing these discriminative behaviors.

How do you go about developing these discriminative stimuli? Why? Justify identify at least 3 things that schools, families, sports teams, etc. can/should do to help develop these stimuli? Why? Provide real-life examples to justify your answer.

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Firstly, what is a discriminative stimulus? A discriminative stimulus is a stimulus "That just by its presence or absence influences the probability of the occurrence of a certain behavioral response; for example, a 50 percent discount offer. Discriminative stimulus does not force or prod, but only suggests what to do or not to do." Therefore, discriminative stimuli are specific reinforcers that are able to bring about specific behavior changes. Some ways to go about developing these discriminative stimuli is to give the stimulus as soon as the behavior occurs-so that a connection can be made between the two, ...

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Discussion on how to go about developing discriminative stimuli and their usefulness.