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Unformatted text preview: Danielle Zartman Josh Fetterman W 3:00 LAB SUMMARY 1 PART 1 – BACKGROUND AND EXPLANATION OF TERMS 1. a. Reinforcement is often a reward or punishment that alters a response to a stimulus. For example, in this experiment we used food to reward Sniffy for pressing the bar in hopes to encourage him to press the bar more. b. In this experiment we used positive reinforcement to increase the frequency that Sniffy pressed the bar. c. Shaping is when one trains a subject in small steps to do the desired target behavior. d. The reinforcement must be presented immediately after the desired behavior is preformed in order to assure that one is reinforcing the right behavior. The experimenter must also make sure that the desired response is something that the subject can physically do. 2. The secondary reinforcer in the lab exercise was the sound the magazine made when the lever was pressed by either 2....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSY 0405 taught by Professor Kristinaswanenburg during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.
- Spring '08