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Unformatted text preview: Learning Theories My roommate is an absolute slob. She never takes out the trash, leaves dishes in the sink for days, and has empty wrappers and bottles that litter her side of the room. All of this drives the neat freak within me crazy. I would love it if she would be the one to take out the trash every once in a while or clean the sink. To shape her behavior, I would use operant conditioning, specifically positive reinforcement (even though at this point I’m ready to try punishment!), because I have already tried negative reinforcement to no avail. In regards to already trying negative reinforcement, I have tried refusing to take out the trash until it overflows onto the floor, makes a mess, and smells terrible. Instead of wanting to rid herself of this stimulus and take out the trash, she ignores the smell and the mess and goes on her merry way. I have also let grime and gunk build up around the sink, to hopefully persuade her to remove it because the sink looks disgusting, but this also did...
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2010 for the course PSY 301 taught by Professor Pennebaker during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.
- Spring '07