Thesis statement help Can you help me write a thesis statement for my pshycology projectThe classical conditioning theory is defined as based on the pairing of two stimuli;.For example, I am going...

Thesis statement help

Can you help me write a thesis statement for my pshycology projectThe classical conditioning theory is defined as based on the pairing of two stimuli;.For example, I am going to focus on the pairing of the sirens with a sudden, traumatizing event and on the subsequent positive reinforcement (the giving of a lollipop) that the parent has been giving to the child in response to repetitions of the conditioned behavior. In other words, the parent may actually be conditioning her child to cry by giving candy when the child cries. To address the problem, perhaps the reward should be given for not crying (rather than for crying), and that reward should become less consistent or less predictable after a while (sometimes a lollipop, sometimes praise), in keeping with the idea of intermittent reinforcement.
The operant conditioning is defined as a response is learned because it leads to a particular consequence (reinforcement), and it is strengthened each time it is reinforced. Positive reinforcement strengthens a response if it is presented afterwards, while negative reinforcement strengthens it by being withheld, perhaps Natasha has learned something on her own, such as the following: Sirens may be followed immediately by traumatizing events, firefighters are scary, and the parent is my only place to seek safety and comfort.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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From the paragraphs you have provided above, I think I would focus on the following as the beginnings of a decent thesis statement:

In other words, the parent may actually be conditioning her child to cry by giving candy when the child cries. To address the problem, perhaps the reward should be given for not crying (rather than for crying), and that reward should become less consistent or less predictable after a while (sometimes a lollipop, sometimes praise), in keeping with the idea of intermittent reinforcement.

This makes a fairly clear assertion. The rest of the paragraphs provided above seems unclear at this point, but from the section I have boldfaced you have the chance to craft a thesis statement.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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You need to explain what you mean about the sirens. Are they the neutral stimulus? It seems to me that you're pretty much applying Pavlov's findings to a practical situation, which could be a good paper. You need, however, to articulate clearly why it is that giving candy or praise in this situation creates a certain response. On a related note, my (very limited) understanding is that behavioral psychology has progressed much since Pavlov's theory of conditioning, and you might want to account for that.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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It sounds like you have a specific case study in mind.  You will need to look at this case study and decide what point you are trying to make.  The paragraphs above are a jumble of evidence that could be used to support a thesis, but I see no clear pattern.  A thesis statement should be very specific and should be proved by the paper.  You list several psychological theories, but I do not see how you are trying to connect each theory.  Think about some of the following questions.  What is the goal of your paper?  What point am I trying to make about these theories?  How can I use this case study to prove that point?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A thesis statement should be short and specific.  It should not be more than 2-3 sentences.  State your overall goal, and leave the definitions for the specific places in the paper where they will be needed.

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