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Basic Concepts

behavior, stimulus, reinforcer, reinforcement, operant, contingencies, deprivation, Skinner box

Types of Reinforcers

positive reinforcer, negative reinforcer, primary reinforcer, secondary reinforcer, conditioned reinforcer, bridge

Reinforcement Processes

differential reinforcement, shaping, extinction

Schedules of Reinforcement

schedules of reinforcement, continuous reinforcement schedule, partial (intermittent) reinforcement schedule, FR schedule, VR schedule, FI schedule, VI schedule

Stimulus Control

discrimination training, discriminative stimulus, S-delta


chaining, backward chaining, forward chaining

Evolutionary Influences

evolutionary contingencies, instinctual drift