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Chapter 7: Premack Principle: The Student First Does the non-Preferred Behavior to Do the Preferred Behavior: Grandma's Law
The Premack Principle, named after David Premack in 1959, is based on the premise that the completion of a lower-probability action can be reinforced by following it with a higher-probability action (Jaspers, Skinner, Williams, & Suecker, 2007). The Premack Principle happens when a frequently occurring behavior is used to reinforce a particular behavior that is not occurring at all or seldom (Wiley & Heitzman, 2001).
The Premack Principle is often referred to as Grandma's Law. Eat your peas before you get your dessert. The completion of the lower-probability action, eating the peas, ...