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What is avoidance behaviour?

Behaviour that occurs before the aversive stimulus is presented and therefore prevents its delivery.

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What are contrived reinforcers?

Reinforces that have been deliberately arranged to modify a behaviour, which are not typical consequence of the behaviour in that setting.

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Give another name for contrived reinforcers.

Artificial reinforcers.

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What is a discriminative stimulus?

A stimulus in the presence of which responses are reinforced and in the absence of which they are not reinforced; a stimulus that signals the availability of reinforcement.

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What is a discriminative stimulus for extinction?

A stimulus that signals the absence of reinforcement.

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What is a discriminative stimulus for punishment?

A stimulus that signals that a response will be punished.

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Define escape behaviour.

A behaviour that results in the termination of an aversive stimulus.

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Define extrinsic reinforcement.

The reinforcement provided by a consequence that is external to the behaviour (an extrinsic reinforcer).

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What is a generalised (or generalised secondary) reinforcer?

A type of secondary reinforcer that has been associated with several other reinforcers.

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What is intrinsic reinforcement?

Reinforcement provided by the mere act of performing the behaviour, or where the performance of the behaviour is inherently reinforcing.

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Explain the law of effect.

As stated by Thorndike, the proposition that behaviours that lead to a satisfying state of affairs are strengthened, while behaviours that lead to an unsatisfying or annoying state are weakened.

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What are natural reinforcers?

Reinforcers that are a typical consequence of the behaviour in the setting.

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What is negative punishment?

The removal of a rewarding stimulus after a response, leading to a decrease in the strength of that response.

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What is negative reinforcement?

The removal of an aversive stimulus following a response, leading to an increase in the strength of that response.

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What is operant behaviour?

A class of emitted responses that result in certain consequences, which affect the future probability of the strength of those responses.

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What is positive punishment?

The presentation of an aversive stimulus following a response.

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What is positive reinforcement?

Presentation of a rewarding stimulus following a response.

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What is a primary reinforcer?

An event that is innately reinforcing.

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Give another name for a primary reinforcer.

Unconditioned reinforcer.

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What is a punisher?

An event that follows a behaviour and decreases he future probability of that behaviour.

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What is a reinforcer?

An event that follows a behaviour and increases the future probability of that behaviour.

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Give another name for a secondary reinforcer.

Conditioned reinforcer.

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What is a secondary reinforcer?

An event that is reinforcing because it has been associated with some other reinforcer.

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Define shaping.

The gradual creation of new operant behaviour through reinforcement of successive approximations to that behaviour.

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What is the three-term contingency?

The relationship between a discriminative stimulus, an operant behaviour, and a reinforcer or punisher.

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Why is operant conditioning sometimes called instrumental conditioning?

The response is instrumental in producing the consequence.

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Who first used operant conditioning?

Thorndike.

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Thorndike believed that the intellectual ability of animals could be assessed only through:

Systematic investigation.

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Who is the most prominent psychologist associated with operant conditioning?

Skinner.

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What device did Skinner invent?

The operant conditioning chamber.

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What is Skinner's procedure known as?

The free operant procedure.

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Why is Skinner's procedure called the free operant procedure?

The rat freely responds with a particular behaviour for food, and it can do so at any rate.

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What behaviours did Skinner call "operant behaviours"?

Voluntary behaviours that are controlled by their consequences.

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What did Skinner disagree with Thorndike about?

Thorndike's mentalistic description of consequences as either satisfying or annoying.

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What does Skinner's principle of operant condition resemble?

Darwin's natural selection.

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The operant conditioning process can be conceptualised as involving three components:

A response that produces a consequence, the consequence that serves to either decrease or increase the probability of the response, and a discriminative stimulus that precedes the response and signals that a certain consequence is now available.

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Classically conditioned behaviours are elicited by ___, operant behaviours are emitted by the ___.

Stimuli, organism.

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Operant behaviour is usually defined as a:

Class of responses.

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The terms reinforcement and punishment refer to what?

The process or procedure by which a consequence changes behaviour.

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What are reinforcers and punishers defined entirely by?

Their effect on behaviour.

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The terms reinforcer and punisher refer to what?

The actual consequences of the behaviour.

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Explain extinction operantly.

The weakening of a behaviour through the withdrawal of reinforcement for that behaviour.

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When does a contingency of reinforcement exist?

If a response is followed by a reinforcer.

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When does a contingency of punishment exist?

If a response is followed by a punisher.

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Give another name for contingencies.

Response-consequence relationships.

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Negative reinforcement involves two types of behaviour:

Escape and avoidance.

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The more ___ the reinforcer, the stronger its effect on behaviour.

Immediate.