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Learning and Conditioning Types of Intermittent Reinforcement Schedules There are four main types of intermittent schedules, which fall into two categories: ratio or interval. In a ratio schedule , reinforcement happens after a certain number of responses. In an interval schedule , reinforcement happens after a particular time interval. In a fixed-ratio schedule , reinforcement happens after a set number of responses, such as when a car salesman earns a bonus after every three cars he sells. In a variable-ratio schedule , reinforcement happens after a particular average number of responses. For example, a person trying to win a game by getting heads on a coin toss gets heads every two times, on average, that she tosses a penny. Sometimes she may toss a penny just once and get heads, but other times she may have to toss the penny two, three, four, or more times before getting heads. In a fixed-interval schedule , reinforcement happens after a set amount of time, such as when an attorney at a law firm gets a bonus once a year. In a
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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