Schedules of Reinforcement in Psychology: Continuous & Partial


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Why is scheduling useful in reinforcement?

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1. Giving a lab rat food every third time it presses a lever is an example of a _____.

2. Playing a slot machine, which provides inconsistently occurring payouts, is an example of a _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combination will measure your understanding of schedules of reinforcement. Quiz questions will focus on operant conditioning and examples of lab experiments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions will revolve around examples of different types of reinforcement, including:

  • Variable ratio
  • Fixed interval
  • Constant reward
  • Fixed ratio
  • Variable interval

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about scheduling reinforcement
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as operant conditioning
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different kinds of reinforcement

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, review the lesson called Scheduling Reinforcement. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn in greater detail about what reinforcement is
  • Get a better understanding of why choosing a reinforcement schedule is important in the classroom
  • Compare and contrast the several different types of reinforcement