A great blog by Eileen Andeson
In the terminology of learning theory, positive does not always mean good. Actually it never means good. Likewise, negative does not mean bad. Also, reinforcement is not always about giving the dog something she wants. And punishment is not always about hurting, intimidating or confining her.
Got that straight?
If your head already hurts, skip ahead and watch the movie. That’s why I made it. The purpose of this post is to introduce a movie that illustrates the four processes of operant learning with multiple examples, in hopes of clarifying the bigger concepts with those examples. (Don’t worry; Feisty the stuffed dog stands in when bigtime aversives are used.)
Anybody still reading? Good.
To continue: Most of us have heard the term “positive reinforcement” and have a notion of what…
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