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Operant Conditioning Theories

Do you agree with this statement?

What we know from operant conditioning theories is that behaviour changes as a function of what follows the behaviour - be it reinforcement or punishment. Skinner taught us about the importance of schedules of reinforcement as well - intermittent reinforcement tends to work best (i.e., when you don't necessarily know when it is coming, you work harder), which is what gambling principles are built upon. We also know that punishment is relatively ineffective in the long run.

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I do agree with this statement. Reinforcement is a very powerful tool for changing behavior be it positive or negative reinforcement. In my experience, individuals don't always stop behavior, even if it isn't instantly rewarded, due to the perceived promise that it has the possibility of being awarded at some point. Using ...

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A discussion regarding the Expert's agreement with the posed statement including personal opinion regarding positive and negative reinforcement. 159 words, 1 reference.