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Chapter 2: Positive Reinforcement
|Social worker:||One of my clients keeps arriving late for his appointments. It's ruining my schedule.|
|Supervisor:||What are you doing about it?|
|Social worker:||When he arrives, I tell him how glad I am to see him and then I add on extra time at the end of the session.|
|Supervisor:||No wonder he keeps coming late!|
After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Give an example of the positive reinforcement procedure and its effect on the strength of a response.
- Describe how baseline data are used to determine whether or not a stimulus acts as a positive reinforcer.
- Indicate when a positive reinforcer should be delivered to maximize its effectiveness.
- Draw a diagram showing how positive reinforcement can be used to increase the rate of a response.