Generalized Conditioned Punisher

Description of the Strategy

A generalized conditioned punisher is a stimulus that exerts a punishing effect because it has been associated with punishing stimuli. In contrast with unconditioned punishment, in which the stimulus is in itself punishing, conditioned punishers are stimuli that decrease the likelihood that a child will engage in a behavior as a result of learning. Furthermore, they have the additional property that their effectiveness does not depend upon a specific punisher, as the stimulus represents different punishers. There are thus three conditions that define generalized conditioned punishers: (1) the event must decrease the likelihood that a behavior will occur again (punishment), (2) the event must not be punishing in and of itself, but it must provide punishment through learning ...

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