What Do You Get For Washing The Dishes?
Washing the dishes. Most people hate to do it; yet, in many households it is a task that just gets done. Under what circumstances are people likely to wash their dishes? Do you wash the dishes to escape the sight and presence of dirty dishes? Or do you wash the dishes because you need a particular dish to cook or eat with? Same action, different function. The first example is maintained by...
A scientific applied behavior analysis, like a scientific medicine, can answer...– Samuel M. Dietz (1982)
Anonymous asked: Hi there, I am a student also studying ABA. I am on a placement in a behaviour classroom working with a 6 year old boy who is diagnosed with severe ADHD. He is impulsuve and has a hard time focusing. He also has difficulties with transitions in the classroom (computer time, recess, free time etc). I was wondering if you have any suggestions for intervention procedures for this behaviour?
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Three-Term Contingency of the Day: Parking Ticket
Antecedent: Arrive to a parking spot. See parking sign and the parking meter.
Behaviour: Put change into the parking meter.
Consequence: Avoid getting a parking ticket (negative reinforcement)
Here is another example of how city government has conditioned our behaviour. Those of us who are drivers are often cued by the parking signs and/or meters to pay for our parking; the result being that we avoid paying an even bigger amount of money. Of course, I'm assuming that people do this because they are motivated to pay as little money as possible as I've yet to hear of someone happy to contribute their small change for the good of the city. I think the city is banking on that being the motivation as well.
Survival of the Species Through Operant...
Operant conditioning is described by Skinner (1974) as a process where behaviours that are immediately followed by access to reinforcement are more likely to occur again and behaviours that are followed by aversive consequences, known as punishers, are diminished. The survival value of operant conditioning is found within an organism’s ability to learn new behaviours in new and changing...