Operant Conditioning

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Posted by: Ms. Shea in In Class
  1. Two student computer hackers used their time in the school computer lab to break into the administrative network and change their report card grades to straight A’s. When the administration traced the problem to the time and computer station used by those particular student, they were not allowed to use the school computers for the rest of the year. Which operant conditioning term applies to this consequence?
  2. Two children started a food fight in the cafeteria. The principal had them mop the floor for a week a sa result.  Which operant conditioning term applies to this consequence?
  3. A junior in high school performed on a stage for the first time in a drama production. Her performance resulted in a loud applause and a standing ovation when she came from behind the curtain to bow at the end.  Which operant conditioning term applies to this consequence?
  4. A senior in high school took the ACT two extra times to try to avoid receiving a rejection letter from the schools he applied to.  Which operant conditioning term applies to his action to avoid another rejection letter? 

Imagine you are a parent whose child refuses to eat spinach. You’ve spent a lot of money on the spinach and want him/her to eat it.

Devise a strategy where you implement each of the 4 types of operant conditioning to ‘train’ the child to eat spinach. 

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