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- Examine behavioral theory.
- Understand the processes of classical and operant conditioning.
- Discuss the pros and cons of different reinforcement schedules.
- Describe the classroom applications of the Premack Principle.
- Learn how behavior is shaped.
- Explore methods for reducing undesirable behaviors in the classroom.
1. Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect
How can outside forces change the way we behave? Why are people's actions shaped by rewards, such as money or good grades, or punishments, such as losing money or feeling pain? This lesson is an introduction to the famous psychologist Thorndike and his foundational research on why consequences of behavior, such as rewards or punishments, affect our future choices.
2. Classical Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Principles & Examples
Can you be conditioned to associate something new with something else you naturally respond to? In this lesson, we'll take a look at a famous psychological experiment that tested how brains have the ability to automatically react to new stimuli if it's conditioned correctly.
3. Psychologist John Watson & the Little Albert Experiment
Does classical conditioning work on humans? In this lesson, you'll explore this question as poor Little Albert is taught to fear a rat. You'll also see how classical conditioning can be used in advertising.
4. Operant Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples
How do we adapt our behaviors to our advantage? Can we learn from punishment and reward? With operant conditioning, our behaviors are shaped based off the responses we get from them.
5. Schedules of Reinforcement in Psychology: Continuous & Partial
Have you ever wondered how our behavior is conditioned? How does the timing of rewards affect our behavior and our learning? In this lesson, we'll take a close look at how reinforcement scheduling can influence how fast we learn a behavior and how well the behavior is maintained.
6. Applying the Premack Principle in the Classroom
The Premack Principle is a famous idea in psychology that can help teachers with classroom management. In this lesson, learn how the Premack Principle relates to what motivates us as individuals.
7. What is Shaping in Psychology? - Definition & Examples
How can teachers shape the behavior of their students? In this lesson, you'll not only discover how a pigeon learned how to bowl, but you'll also study the steps required to shape complex acts into continuous behaviors.
8. Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom
This lesson covers several options for reducing bad behavior in the classroom, including time out, satiation and token economies. The lesson touches on how to use these techniques, and what to avoid when trying to encourage good behavior.
9. David Kolb: Learning Style & Experiential Learning Theory
In this lesson, learn about David Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory, which proposed a 4-stage cycle of learning. Discover Kolb's four proposed learning styles that classify learners by their preferred level of abstract thinking and desire for hands-on experience.
10. Middle School Classroom Management: Strategies and Plans
Classroom management is more than discipline. Successful teachers create successful classrooms by having a plan in place for every situation. Learn more about how to create an effective learning environment in your middle school classroom.
11. Report Card Comments for Behavior
Report card comments can be a great way to communicate with families about how their children are progressing in school. This lesson will help you understand how to craft helpful comments pertaining to student behavior.
12. Student Behavior Contracts: Examples and Templates
This lesson will provide examples and templates of student behavior contracts. Student behavior contracts provide an excellent way of creating student accountability and encourage positive behavior.
13. Using Cell Phones in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
Cell phones have become important in our daily lives. However, their place in education is still undecided. This lesson will detail several pros and cons of using cell phones in the classroom.
14. Psychological Reactance Theory
Psychological reactance is related to the layperson's notion of reverse psychology: tell someone to do something, and they will do the opposite. However, it's not always that easy. This lesson discusses several types of reactance and the factors that influence the behavior.
15. Reaction Formation in Psychology: Definition & Example
Reaction formation can be a fascinating and sometimes confusing defense mechanism that many people experience. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define reaction formation and explore some examples from the real world.
16. Counter Conditioning: Definition & Examples
This lesson goes over the technique known as counter conditioning, the goal of which is to get people to change their response to a given stimulus. We'll talk about some examples of this and test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.
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