Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect


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Thorndike is best known for the experiments where he _____.

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1. Which of the following statements is part of Thorndike's Law of Effect?

2. Soheil tries a new study strategy to prepare for an important test, then gets an A on that test. According to Thorndike's Law of Effect, how is Soheil most likely to react?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is the Law of Effect, and what does it say about behavior? This quiz/worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of Thorndike's theory and what it says about behavior and consequences.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The ability to identify true statements about Thorndike's Law of Effect
  • The ability to recognize how one would act in a specific situation according to the Law of Effect
  • The term used to describe the technique that Thorndike believed cats used when they first learned how to escape from his puzzle box
  • The ability to recognize an example of the Law of Effect

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the impact of positive and negative consequences on one's behavior
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about behavior in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions addressing examples of the Law of Effect

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the accompanying lesson called Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Use an example to illustrate the Behavioral Perspective in Psychology
  • Introduce Edward Thorndike
  • Detail Thorndike's puzzle box experiment
  • Describe the two parts of the Law of Effect
  • Provide an example of the type of scenario in which Thorndike's theory can be applied