Learning and Behavior

Operant Conditioning

For this Assignment, you will write a 2-4 page paper that addresses the following terms in your own words:

  1. operant conditioning
  2. positive punishment
  3. negative punishment
  4. positive reinforcement
  5. negative reinforcement
  6. ethical concerns that may arise when using the above methods to change or modify behavior

You should provide references to the text to support your answers, and apply at least one real life example to each concept to illustrate your understanding.

You will need a cover page, which includes your name, the name of the class and section, and the date.

In completing this Assignment, be sure to use specific examples and references from the text to support your answers when defining the different terms and concepts. When referencing the text, you need to use APA formatting. Information regarding APA formatting can be found in the Writing Center and should be reviewed thoroughly. APA formatting dictates how your paper should appear on each page.

In addition, your paper should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.). Your writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful. Your work should display quality content, organization, style, and mechanics.

Formatting Information:

Your paper should include:

  • Cover page
  • Main body of the paper (at least 2-4 pages)
  • Reference page
  • Correct APA formatting for in-paper citations

You should follow these formatting guidelines for your paper:

  • Use standard margins: 1″ on all sides.
  • Use standard 12-point font size.
  • Use standard double-spacing
  • Be sure the text is left-justified.