Psychology Positive Reinforcement and Extinction?What will be two positive reinforcements and Extinctions in the article below? Im having trouble finding it....

Psychology Positive Reinforcement and Extinction?

What will be two positive reinforcements and Extinctions in the article below? Im having trouble finding it.

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

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This article was about how animal trainers, specifically exotic ones, like dolphins and monkeys, are trained to do what the trainer wants them to do on command.  This is accomplished through a series of learning steps, where the trainer praises the animal for the desired behavior, instead of punishing for negative performance.  Such a system is called positve reinforcement.

Specifically, the author pointed out that her husband littered the house with dirty clothes, drove way too fast, and was chronically late to everything.  She started praising him when he put one dirty shirt in the dirty clothes hamper, when he drove a little slower, or when he was on time for something.  As with most animals, her husband soaked up the praise, craving more.  On the flipside, as far as extinctions go, the dirty clothes piles became less frequent, the driving was more within the posted speed limit, and he was much less late.

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