Thursday 8 long term success after two years of

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Thursday, February 10, 2011
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8 Long-term Success “After two years of exotic animal training, my marriage is far smoother, my husband much easier to love. I used to take his faults personally; his dirty clothes on the floor were an affront, a symbol of how he didn't care enough about me. But thinking of my husband as an exotic species gave me the distance I needed to consider our differences more objectively .” they had a dog and he had to take the dog out and he would often misplace his keys and then he would start grunting “where are my keys” and typically she would suggest places for him to look and then they’d search for 15 mins and both be frustrated after. she stopped and tried doing nothing just in case she had previously been reinforcing his misplacing. She forced herself to show no facial expression, say nothing. Instead of taking 15 mins, he found his keys faster and got over the whole event much more quickly. she kept repeating this and after a couple weeks she was no longer involved in the process and he was working through this issue himself. i. shaping ii. incompatible response. iii. least responsive syndrome. she did those for 2 years! Thursday, February 10, 2011
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9 Everything is not trainable: I adopted the trainers' motto: "It's never the animal's fault." When my training attempts failed, I didn't blame Scott. Rather, I brainstormed new strategies, thought up more incompatible behaviors and used smaller approximations. I dissected my own behavior, considered how my actions might inadvertently fuel his. I also accepted that some behaviors were too entrenched, too instinctive to train away. You can't stop a badger from digging, and you can't stop my husband from losing his wallet and keys. found that raccoons whenever they get something precious they hide it under arms but they tried to train it to put it in a jar but this is very hard for a raccoon! Racoon coin example from book. Thursday, February 10, 2011
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10 Did Scott ever figure it out? “When the training techniques worked so beautifully, I couldn't resist telling my husband what I was up to. He wasn't offended, just amused. As I explained the techniques and terminology, he soaked it up. Far more than I realized.” Thursday, February 10, 2011
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11 Turning The Tables: I quickly ran out of steam and started to walk away. Then I realized what was happening, and I turned and asked, "Are you giving me an L. R. S.?" Silence. "You are, aren't you?“ when she was in 40 she had something in her life that caused her a lot of stress (braces at 40) and she would always complain about it. one time she was rambling and her husband just looked at her and didn’t respond and she walked away. He finally smiled, but his L. R. S. has already done the trick. He'd begun to train me, the American wife. useful in terms of thinking of how operant principles can be used in our everyday lives. most of us would not be very comfortable using reinforcement with romantic partners; we will all be tempted to do this with our children. This is where it is most often applied Thursday, February 10, 2011
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12 A Review of Operant Conditioning The consequences of a behavior determine whether it is repeated.
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