(1) After returning from a shopping trip with his mother little Tommy reported, "I got to the store and eated candy"might a Behaviorist such as B. F. Skinner have had some difficulty explaining Tommy'srrect grammatical construction. What does his grammer suggest about the process of language acquisition?
(2) Mr Byrne can't understand why scolding his seventh-grade students for disruptive classroom behaviors makes them more unruly. Explain Mr. Byrne's predicament in terms of operant conditioning principles. Show how he could use operant conditioning techniques to (a) reduce disruptive behaviors and (b) increase cooperative behaviors.
(3) A classmate believes that alcohol, marjuana, and cocaine all have similar effects on behavior and that therefore all three drugs ought to be legalized. Carefully evaluate the strengths and weakness of your classmate's position.
(4) A good friend of yours hopes that hypnosis will improve his memory and help him study longer and more effectively. He worries, however, that he might not be easily hypnotized. Your mother hopes that hypnosis will help relieve her arthritis pain but fears that under hypnosis she might do something embarrassing. Discuss the extend to which the hopes and fears of your friend and your mother are realistic. Where appropriate, use research evidence to support your conclusion
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