Schedules of Reinforcement

How Reinforcement Schedules Work
Skinner's operant conditioning is based through rewards and punishments for behavior. Either positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement may be used as a part of operant conditioning. In both cases, the goal of reinforcement is to strengthen a behavior so that it will likely occur again. A schedule of reinforcement defines which instances of behavior would be reinforced. As the book states, "a schedule indicates what exactly has to be done for the reinforcer to be delivered. A continuous reinforcement schedule is one in which each specified response is reinforced, while a partial reinforcement schedule is one in which only some responses are reinforced. The occurrence of a reinforcement is critical to the learning process and the likelihood of increasing a response.


  1. I like the information you provided on schedules of reinforcement. The image illustrates the topic in a way that is very easy to understand. I think schedules of reinforcement is extremely important for developing desired behaviors from people and animals.

  2. I really like the example you chose for schedules of reinforcement. You did a great job explaining each of the different reinforcements. Behavior plays a big role in the development of a child and how everyone around them reacts. Along with the parents role in changing the way they treat others as well as the environment they're brought up in.


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