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Positive Reinforcement
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.
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