Sensation and Perception

1. Define / explain the difference between classical and operant conditioning (10 points) and give an unique example of each (10 points)

2. A professor has been noticing that too many students are coming to class late and it is extremely disruptive to the learning environment. She wants to stop this rude behavior of students showing up late.

Review the various types of reinforcement and punishment in the textbook.

How can the professor use reinforcement to get students to show up on time to class? As part of your response, define in your own words positive reinforcement and provide one unique example, as well as your definition of negative reinforcement and one unique example the professor could use.

All examples in your response must apply to the professor’s situation to earn any points.

How is negative reinforcement different from positive punishment?

Rubric: definition of positive reinforcement (2 points), example of positive reinforcement (2 points), definition of negative reinforcement (2 points), example of negative reinforcement (2 points), differentiate negative reinforcement from positive punishment (2 points)

3. A man is jealous and keeps checking up on his partner (to make sure his partner is not cheating). How could negative reinforcement explain why the man continues the “checking up” behavior (10 points)?

4. You cannot stop checking your phone. It’s causing problems in your life; as examples, your instructors keep asking you to put your phone away and you were nearly in an accident because you were texting.

Using what you’ve learned in the chapter about reinforcement and punishment, what is a realistic plan to help you control your phone use instead of your phone controlling you!? (10 points)

5. Using a different reinforcement or punishment technique than what you’ve written in the previous phone problem, how can you stop procrastinating when it comes to studying (10 points)?


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