Tuesday, July 23, 2019


I found the topic on "Rewards" interesting. Rewards come in many different forms and as much as we don't like to admit it, human behavior, most of the time is influenced, and more or less, driven by rewards. For example, a little kid might be more inspired to do even better on his or her next exam given the fact that there will for sure be a reward for getting a high score. In addition and in relation to this topic, having "reinforcers" in one's environment is also a significant factor. Reinforcers are categorized depending on their influence on a certain behavior. In other words, reinforcers are labeled depending on their overall assessment: some that are beneficial and some that are not. As people, we warm up to positive reinforcement faster. Personally speaking, as a college student, positive reinforcement is extremely beneficial. I become more motivated and effortful in the things that I do and it leads me to want to achieve more goals and I'm sure this is applicable to others as well.

Here is a video that better explains reinforcement through operant conditioning:

1 comment:

  1. I think you have the nail on the head with the post above. Rewards come in many different shapes and forms and especially at all ages. Your example about a child receiving a high score on her test I think we probably have to be the most common that we hear. I know for example with my little cousins in order for my aunt to make sure that they get good grades she puts their gaming systems on the line. So if they were to get a lower grade or miss a homework assignment they have their gaming time taken away until they bump their grade up or make up the assignment which is where the reinforcers come into play. But like I said before rewards and reinforcers don’t only apply to young children I feel like they apply to everybody no matter what age whether we like to admit it or not we all like to have a good outcome and maybe a little bit of a reward at the end of completing a task.