Project #160131 - PSY101 Introduction to Psychology

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/14/2016 12:00 am

To prepare for this discussion, please read Chapter 5 of your textbook. In addition, watch Classical and Operant Conditioning. Finally, review Instructor Guidance and Announcements.  In this discussion, you will consider learning from a psychological perspective by explaining operant conditioning and applying it to a real-life scenario.  Be sure to use your own academic voice and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post.

  • Watch Classical and Operant Conditioning, which distinguishes between classical and operant conditioning by describing many important concepts.

  • Discuss learning.  In your discussion, include the following:
    • Describe operant conditioning.
    • Select one of the following situations from everyday life in which learning (i.e. a relatively permanent change in behavior) is desirable. 
      • Margot wants her husband, Todd, to stop leaving his dirty laundry on the floor.
      • Coach K wants to increase his basketball players’ free throw percentages.
      • Mr. Moore wants his dog to stop jumping up on visitors.
      • Biggs Boss wants his employees to arrive on time.
      • Mrs. O’Neill wants her preschoolers to raise their hands before speaking.
      • Joe wants his son to earn good grades.
      • Jack wants his girlfriend, Jill, to show more affection.
      • Marty wants his friend, Dave, to stop smoking.
      • Insert your own situation:  ____________________________________
  • Prepare a behavior modification plan in which you effectively utilize operant conditioning principles to change the behavior of the targeted individual(s). 
    • Clearly identify and describe suitable reinforcers or punishers to attain your desired outcome. 
      • Example:  If I want my son to eat his vegetables (i.e., increasea desired behavior), I could do several things. 
        • If he eats his vegetables, I could apply a positive reinforcer by adding something he does like, such as screen time; alternatively, I could apply a negative reinforcer by taking away something he does not like, such as one of his weekly chores. 
        • If he does not eat his vegetables, I could apply a positive punisher by adding something he does not like, such as a new weekly chore; alternatively, I could apply a negative punisher by taking away something he does like, such as screen time.
    • Defend your use of reinforcement and/or punishment as applied to the scenario.  Why did you choose it?  Why do you expect it to work?
    • Apply your knowledge of ethical considerations as relevant to operant conditioning.
  • Remember to use your own academic voice and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post.

Post your initial response of 250 words or more by Day 3 (Thursday).  Respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7 (Monday).  You are encouraged to post one or more of your required replies early each week (e.g., by Saturday) to stimulate more meaningful and interactive discourse in the discussion forum.  In addition, strive to provide a response to classmates who replied to your initial post and/or the Instructor (if applicable).  Peer responses may vary in length but should be carefully crafted and insightful.  Below are some suggestions to assist your thinking.

Guided Response:  Reply to at least one peer who chose an option other than the one you selected and two or more peers overall.  The goal of the discussion forum is to foster continual dialogue, similar to what might occur in a verbal face-to-face exchange.  Consider the following in your responses:

  • Review the suggestions provided by your peer and provide useful input on the potential effectiveness. 
  • Discuss other strategies that align with operational conditioning that could also sculpt the behavior in your peer’s choice of scenario.  Would classical conditioning be effective?  Does observational learning play a role in this behavior?

Continue to monitor this discussion board through 5 PM (Mountain Time) on Day 7 of the week. Peer responses may vary in length but should be detailed and thought provoking.  You are expected to respond to any question posed to you by the instructor, and you are encouraged to reply to your classmates’ questions as well.  Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses to your classmates and your instructor.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.


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