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PSYCH305: The Psychology of Learning and Behavior

Unit 9: Behaviorism and Real World Applications   Although a behaviorism approach offers understanding of the psychological connection we make as we are rewarded or punished, it has many implications for behavioral management.  We'll take a closer look at these forms of behavior management in this unit.

Unit 9 Time Advisory
This unit will take 4 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 9.1:1 hour

☐    Subunit 9.2:2 hours

☐    Subunit 9.3:1 hour

Unit9 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Define the phrase “schedule of reinforcement.”
  • Describe the four basic types of reinforcement schedules.
  • Explain the difference between discrimination and generalization.

9.1 Animal Learning   - Web Media: Youtube: jenningh’s “Operant Conditioning” Link: YouTube: jenningh’s "Operant Conditioning" (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Please watch this brief 4-minute video. This is a hilarious and very informative video about how pigeons learn to read!
 
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9.2 Real World Applications of Behavioral Learning   - Reading: BehaviorAdvisor.com: Dr. Tom McIntyre’s “Shaping” Link: BehaviorAdvisor.com: Dr. Tom McIntyre’s "Shaping" (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please read the entire webpage for information on shaping with several real-world applications provided by Dr. Mac, as well as instructional exercises.
 
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  • Web Media: YouTube: mipawsitivestart’s “A Lesson on Shaping Behavior” Link: YouTube: mipawsitivestart’s "A Lesson on Shaping Behavior" (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: This video (3:30 minutes) is great for dog training (in case you have not noticed, we learn a great deal about human behavior from studying rats, cats, and dogs!).
     
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9.3 Behavioral Learning and Special Issues   - Reading: BBB Autism’s “Shaping and Chaining” Link: BBB Autism’s "Shaping and Chaining" (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please read this entire webpage on training persons with autism using behavioral chaining.
 
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Kikopup’s “Kiko Learning a Six Part Behavior Chain” Link: YouTube: Kikopup’s "Kiko Learning a Six Part Behavior Chain" (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please watch this 2-minute video which demonstrates behavioral chaining with a puppy.
     
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