9-8-09 - Psychology 152 Class Notes 9/8/09 WEAR LONG SLEAVE...

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Psychology 152 – Class Notes – 9/8/09 WEAR LONG SLEAVE SHIRT AND OLD CLOTHES TO RAT LAB We use the word reinforcer instead of reward People assume the rrewarding value of the “reward” is an intrinsic property of the reward BUT THIS IS NOT THE CASE o The function of reinforcer is something in addition to the physical object Reinforcement or punishment is NEVER part of the physical object and the word “reward” confuses this issue Functional analysis – this is the point Conditional (secondary) reinforcers Money (doesn’t have its power forever) Classical conditioning generally talking about different physical systems Such as salivation system Physical responses We will use all female rats Animal handling: Keep the noise level down in the lab If an animal experiences a threat (like from another animal): o Fight o Flee o Freeze What is the animal likely to do in our lab: o It cannot escape really well (if it’si n the Skinner box) Flight is gone
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9-8-09 - Psychology 152 Class Notes 9/8/09 WEAR LONG SLEAVE...

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