Operant Conditioning Practice ANSWER KEY Name _____________ 1. Identify the behavior and its consequence. 2. As a consequence of the behavior, is something added or removed/avoided? 3. Does the consequence strengthen or weaken the behavior? Operant Conditioning Review…Including Reinforcement Schedules: Below are Examples or +/- Reinforcement or +/- Punishment 1. ___ +R____________ You receive a kiss for bringing your girlfriend flowers. 2. ____ -R__________ Wearing a helmet, pads, etc. to avoid a sports or recreational injury. 3. ____ +P________ You receive a detention for being tardy to class. 4. _____+P_____ Receiving a ticket for speeding in your car. 5. _____+P__________ Hurting your head when you don't duck in a low doorway. 6. _____+P__________ Jail - Being forced to live in a small smelly room. 7. _____-P__________ Teenager loses their cellphone for talking back to mom. 8. _____+R________ You get your allowance only after you complete your weekly chores. 9. _____+R________ You receive a merit raise at work for doing your job well. 10. _____-R______ Being nice to your brother to avoid super-wedgies 11. _____-R__________ Following the laws to avoid jail. 12. _____-P__________ Jail – You lost the freedom to do as you please 13. _____+P__________ Someone frowns when you tell a joke. 14. _____+R__________ Someone smiles when you tell a joke. 15. _____-R_________ Put gas in your car to avoid a break-down. 16. _____+R__________ Feeling good after working at a soup kitchen. 17. _____-R________ Ducking your head to avoid hitting it on a low doorway. 18. _____-R__________ Removing a super-wedgie to eliminate discomfort 19. _____-P__________ Repo man takes a car for failure to make loan payments. 20. _____-R__________ Studying for an exam reduces stress 21. _____+R__________ Getting pleasure from a stimulating conversation with a great colleague. 22. _____+P__________ Tasting bitter nail chemical when you try to bite your nails. 23. _____+R__________ Give your child dessert when they eat their vegetables. 24. _____-R__________ Taking out the garbage to quiet a nagging significant other. 25. _____+P__________ Snapping your wrist with a rubber band when you bite your fingernails. 26. _____+R__________ Smoking a cigarette brings a dopamine release in the brain - that good feeling 27. _____-P_________ Removing the door from bedroom hinges after child slams it in anger, taking away your privacy. 28. _____+P__________ Having a blue-ink pen explode in your mouth while chewing on the tip. 29. _____+P__________ Getting the stink eye for being on your phone in class when you shouldn’t. Below are examples of Fixed/Variable and Ratio/Interval Partial Reinforcement Schedules: 30. ______F#_________Getting a snack after reading every 30 pages 31. ______F#_________A hotel maid takes a 15-minute break after cleaning 10 rooms 32. ______V INT________Scratch off lottery tickets 33. ______V # _________Slot machines 34. ______V INT_________Your teacher gives pop quizzes. 35. _____ F INT__________Picking up the paper in the morning after it has been delivered at the same time every day. 36. _____V INT__________Checking the refrigerator to see if JELL-O is ready. 37. _____V INT__________Checking the mail for a letter from a friend 38. _____V #__________A boxer has to hit his opponent a variable number of times before a knockout. 39. _____V #__________A charitable organization makes an average of 10 phone calls for every donation it receives. 40. _____F #__________A blueberry picker receives $1 after filling three pint boxes. 41. _____F #__________A dog receives a treat after it turns around four times. 42. _____V INT__________A person plays the lottery in hopes of winning. 43. _____V INT__________A writer sells stories only occasionally. 44. _____F INT__________Metro train/bus schedule. 45. _____V INT__________Checking the clock as the end of class nears. 46. _____V INT__________A professional baseball player gets a hit approximately every third time at bat 47. _____F #__________Subway (or other frequent buyer program) rewards card: get XX stamps, get XX free 48. _____F INT__________A student receives grades at the end of every semester. 49. _____V INT__________Checking cell phone for text messages when phone is on silent 50. _____F INT__________Getting a gift on your birthday (what behavior is being reinforced?) 51. _____V INT__________Checking the front porch for a newspaper when the deliverer is extremely unpredictable.