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skyler89 | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM via web

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Positive Reinforcement and Extinction?

what will be two behavioral positive reinforcement and two extinction in the article below?

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/fashion/25love.html?pagewanted=all

im having trouble finding two positive reinforcement and two extinction.

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:43 AM (Answer #1)

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This article was about how exotic animal trainers train their animals to do specific behaviors on command.  The main point was to take a series of small steps, rewarding small behaviors with praise, which is called positive reinforcement.  The article was written in the context of training her husband, which I guess could qualify as a type of exotic animal!

She mentioned several specific behaviors she was trying to correct: 1) he dropped his dirty clothes everywhere, 2) he drove way too fast, often, and 3) he was tardy, or chronically late to everything.  Instead of nagging him for his bad behavior, she said nothing when the bad behavior was exhibited.  On the other hand, if he landed a shirt or two in the dirty laundry hamper, or drove a little slower, or was on time for something, she heaped praise on the desired behavior.  As time went on the negative behaviors diminished and the desired behaviors increased.  It would be fair to say the negative behaviors became extinct.

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