Even complicated and confusing topics will be easily developed and covered if you request our help writing an essay. Place an order today!

Explain in detail how you will use operant conditioning to get the behavior you want (see the sample essay attached) Add

Punishers reduce the likelihood of a behavior, so we may try to punish (reduce) “bad” behaviors. Reinforcers increase the likelihood of a behavior, so we may reinforce (increase, reward) “good” behaviors. But it doesn’t always work this way. Sometimes we reward bad behavior (we tell the dog to stop begging for food, but we throw him a meatball so he’ll stop begging. We just reinforced his begging, so there will never be peace during dinner.  Or we may punish good behavior: imagine someone getting teased for trying something new. They won’t want to try again. 

This process of trying to change behavior through rewards (reinforcers) and punishment (punishers) is called operant conditioning. And this week’s reading– “Operant Conditioning” –a chapter from a book by Carole Wade and Carol Tavris–explains the concept in detail


After reading this week’s assigned reading–the chapter from the textbook– “Operant Conditioning”–write an essay in which you discuss a behavior you want to change, along with two ways you could use operant conditioning to improve that behavior and one way you wouldn’t use operant conditioning because it would surely backfire.

The first step, after reading the chapter, is to think of a behavior you want to change. For this exercise, think of a behavior in someone you know very well. Maybe you want your partner to put her cellphone down during dinner, or maybe you want your little brother to do his homework. Maybe you want your child to eat his vegetables or you want your best friend to stop smoking. Choose  one behavior to work with for this essay. It is best if it’s very specific. It will not be a good essay if you say you want your friend to “stop bad stuff” or you want “people in the world to just get along.” That won’t work. Too vague. Choose something narrow and specific like: I want my kid to brush his teeth without a fight. Specific. 

Once you have the behavior you want to change, you will write about how you’ll use operant conditioning to change it. Use this outline to guide you:

Paragraph 1, the Intro: In the first paragraph, explain what operant conditioning is, in your own words, describe the problem behavior you would like to change, and mention the kinds of operant conditioning you will discuss in greater detail in the body paragraphs.

Each body paragraph will have one quote, so look for quotes from the text to support your ideas. The quotes will be related to the operant conditioning concepts you will or won’t use to change the behavior. These may include punishment, positive punishment, negative punishment, reinforcement, positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement. The quotes must come from this week’s assigned reading. Do not incorporate outside sources. 

After you find your quotes, build the kind of quotation sandwiches discussed in They Say I Say.

In the book you read in Week 2, the authors show how to integrate quotations into your writing by setting up the quote, quoting accurately and sparingly, and paraphrasing/explaining the quote. Each of the three body paragraphs will look like this:

–        Topic sentence: connect 1 way you will use operant conditioning to get the behavior you want

–        Quote (copy one sentence directly from the text–from the assigned reading–put it in quotes, and cite the page number where you got it–use MLA format; remember, you can always refer to They Say I Say for help incorporating quotes. Tip: set up the quote (According to…), then quote accurately and sparingly, then cite the page number.

–        Paraphrase (put the quote in your own words so the reader can easily understand what the quote means: “In other words…”)

–        Explain in detail how you will use operant conditioning to get the behavior you want (see the sample essay attached)

Add the conclusion.

The essay will be five paragraphs and it will have three quotes–each about one sentence long (one quote in each of the three body paragraphs). See the outline. 

For reference, see also the sample essay for a sense of the general structure (number of paragraphs, shape of paragraphs).  The essay assignment and the source texts are different for the sample essay, but your essay will be the same length and shape. Notice how the student incorporates the quotations and links the concepts with concrete ways she will use them. Do not discuss extinction in your essay as it is not a concept explored in-depth in the chapter. Stick to positive and negative reinforcers and positive and negative punishers.


testimonials icon
Think about the epidemiology of the issue.Consider an age-appropriate protocol for the diagnosis, management, and follow-up care of the issu...
testimonials icon
Welfare EconomicsAssume that Ava has a possibility to choose between hours of leisure and dollars in consumption. She can spend a total of 2...
testimonials icon
Suppose that there are three identical firms in an industry and that each firm’s supply curve is given by the equatio...
testimonials icon
I need help with a Engineering question. All explanations and answers will be used to help me learn....
testimonials icon
in the attached paper, write an essay discussing the two different theories of economics with the resources given...
testimonials icon
Question 22 p.105The file P03_22.xlsx lists financial data on movies released since 1980 with budgets of at least $20 million.Red...
testimonials icon
 Poetry Writing AnalysisIn a well-crafted essay of three to four pages (excluding the pages on which your ow...
testimonials icon
MATH114 Algebra for College Students Week 1 Discussion Exploring factors and Factoring Trinomials We sta...
testimonials icon
Menu Planning for Special Dietary ConsiderationsThe following is the lunch menu for 3- to 5-year-olds in your child car...
testimonials icon
Assume that you are a Quality Officer who is responsible for one of the state’s largest healthcare organizations. You have been told that the qua...
testimonials icon
Homework iv-Computer Science homework task Discuss, IN YOUR OWN WORDS using 500 words or more, the relationship between users an...

Other samples, services and questions:

Calculate Price

When you use PaperHelp, you save one valuable — TIME

You can spend it for more important things than paper writing.

Approx. price
$65
Order a paper. Study better. Sleep tight. Calculate Price!
Created with Sketch.
Calculate Price
Approx. price
$65