Reinforcements in Psychology: Definition & Examples


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Positive reinforcement can ______ a desired behavior.

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1. Operant conditioning refers to learning by:

2. Negative reinforcement can ________ a desired behavior by removing something unwanted.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of how reinforcements can be used in psychology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the effects of positive reinforcement as well as knowing what operant conditioning involves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review these definitions:

  • Positive reinforcement
  • Operant conditioning
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Fixed-ratio scale
  • Variable-interval schedule

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about reinforcing human behaviors
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson about reinforcements in psychology
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as fixed-ratio scale and variable-interval schedule

Additional Learning

To learn more about how behavior can be changed through reinforcements, review the corresponding lesson called Reinforcements in Psychology: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Know what operant conditioning hopes to achieve
  • Understand the uses of positive and negative reinforcements
  • Describe how positive and negative punishment relates to unwanted behavior
  • Identify the differences between the two types of reinforcement schedules