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    Undesired Behavior and Punishment as well as Rewards

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    I need an "objective" conversational response on how well this person has done on their discussion topic, titled undesired behavior, punishment and rewards? Your expert objective response should contribute small amount new information related to the discussion topic that is unique and interesting. If using sources please use scholarly sources that are cited using APA format

    Punishment can be done several ways, but certain approaches are more productive than others in order to construct morale in an individual. A common form of punishment would be to inflict pain or embarrassment as a means to emit a desired behavior. Some don't realize classical conditioning includes other emotions and "a person can learn to fear just about anything if it is paired with something that elicits pain, surprise, or embarrassment. Human punishment can be related to punishment for other animals in a sense that both are able to correlate an action or item with another to produce a favorable outcome. For example, my cat would sometimes bite people, but if I held his mouth every time he bit someone he eventually stopped. I did not cause the animal any pain, but did administer panic, surprise, and discomfort. After a few times, my cat developed a conditioned response by associating biting with the discomfort of my holding his mouth quickly after his biting.

    In children, punishment does discourage unwanted behavior but can lead to fear of the parent, feelings of resentment, and a misunderstanding of the child's behavior that led to the punishment. In order to more effectively communicate morals to a child, they must understand how each decision starts a chain of events and learn from each choice.

    Punishment for animals might cause the animal to fear humans and withdraw from a loving friendship with the owner. To better ensue a desired behavior, a teacher or owner can repeatedly demonstrate how an unfavorable outcome is directly connected to a certain action. In this way, cause and effect is demonstrated and the authority is not making the decision for the child or animal.

    Misuse of rewards can cause an individual to rely on that reward not only for an accomplishment, but use the reward for a coping mechanism. In order for the reward to be effective, it must be given quickly after the favorable action or the subject will less likely affiliate the reinforcement with the action. "When there's a delay, other responses occur in the interval and the connection between the desired or undesired response and the consequence may not be made.

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