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Behavioral Case Study

Behavioral Case Study

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Published by Jesus Martinez
Behavioral Case Study
Behavioral Case Study

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Published by: Jesus Martinez on Dec 15, 2012
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Benjamin MarcusFebruary 1, 2012EPS 325Behavioral Case StudyPositive reinforcement may be working against Sally; most of her peers havedecent grades and, as a result, probably aren't displaying disruptive behavior. Her classmates may be praised by the teacher and encouraged to continue healthy academichabits, while Sally probably wouldn't be receiving this kind of attention. She may feelthat the only way she can receive acknowledgment is by interrupting the class, asopposed to requesting help with the academic tasks that are difficult for her.Sally gets removed from class when she's ill mannered, so she's being negativelyreinforced into manipulating her teachers. Sally takes pride in eliciting stimuli from her teachers by upsetting them so that she will get removed from class. This course of actionclearly isn't an effective punisher for her since she keeps behaving the same way. Her teachers' predictable responses are negatively reinforcing her to continue this disruptive behavior so that she gets her way.Mr. Jefferson had done poorly in school and claimed to feel "stupid" a lot of thetime. Based on what is known about classical conditioning, poor grades elicit strongemotions, in this case, feelings of inadequacy. Mr. Jefferson had associated school withthose emotions, hence feeling anxious and sick to his stomach.

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