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PSY 420 Week 1 Reinforcement Procedures Paper
Consider the following scenario:
 A mom is trying to increase the amount of peas that her two children eat. She uses a sticker chart to monitor the amount of peas they are consuming and rewards them based on the number of stickers they have at the end of the week. The mom has found that this works for one child, but not the other.
 Write a 350- to 700-word paper discussing the following:

  • Identify the behavior that the mom is trying to reinforce.

  • Identify the method of reinforcement being used.

  • Explain possible reasons for this method working for one child and not the other.

  • Propose and outline three ideas that may work to increase pea consumption for the children, and include one method that uses negative reinforcement.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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PSY 420 Week 2 Behavioral Principles Application Presentation
Your team works for a behavior analysis consulting group and has been asked to present on behavioral principles used in a specific setting (i.e., schools, hospitals, prisons, businesses).
 Choose one setting in which to apply principles of behavior.
 Evaluate the use of various types of reinforcement and punishment in the chosen setting.
 Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, including detailed speaker notes, that displays your findings and analysis, and proposes ideas for effective reinforcement and punishment.
 Include at least 2-4 sources in addition to the textbook.
 Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.
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PSY 420 Week 2 Ethics of Punishment Paper
Write a 350- to 700-word paper discussing the following:

  • Briefly describe a personal situation in which punishment could be used.

  • What are some of the possible areas of concern with punishment? Which do you feel is most concerning? When would an extinction procedure be more beneficial? How would you implement the procedure?

  • Include in your answer possible side effects as well as ethical considerations that must be followed.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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PSY 420 Week 3 Motivating Operations Analysis
Research motivating operations and refer to the text for examples.
 Describe a current behavior related to studying or classwork that you exhibit that could be altered by changing the motivating operations behind the behavior.
 Create a contingency diagram to explain the relationship between the motivating operations and the specified behavior.
 Write a 175- to 350-word analysis on how well you believe this will work in changing the behavior.
 Format your analysis consistent with APA guidelines.
 Submit your contingency diagram along with your analysis.
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PSY 420 Week 3 Reinforcement Worksheet
Complete the Reinforcement Worksheet.
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Reinforcement Worksheet
Respond to the following questions in 175 to 350 words each.

  1. Choose a behavior you would like to shape on someone you know. Select a terminal and initial behavior and the steps you would use to shape the behavior. Would you utilize punishment or reinforcement? Would fixed or variable outcomes play a role in your procedure?


  1. Choose a task that you would teach a 5-year-old child to perform. Consider some of the following: tying shoe laces, brushing teeth, making a sandwich, making a bed, and so forth. What would your task analysis look like? For example, what would the steps be and how many steps would you have? Once you develop the task analysis, what might you do before putting it into place to ensure its effectiveness?


  1. You just taught a shy 2nd-grade student how to ask for help when he needed it on his vocabulary sight words rather than sitting quietly and not completing his work. However, you want the behavior to occur in other settings when he needs help. What process would you follow to teach him how to ask for help in multiple contexts?


  1. Conversly, one of the 2nd-grade boy’s classmates is raising her hand and asking for help even on tasks she knows how to complete. This happens during recess, in phys ed, or when given a task she has completed multiple times before. What process would you follow to teach when and where raising her hand is appropriate?

PSY 420 Week 4 Schedules of Reinforcement Paper
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper discussing the four different schedules of reinforcement.  Include the following:

  • Describe the four schedules of reinforcement.

  • Apply the schedules to specific scenarios.

  • Describe the behavior patterns that result from the various schedules from both the experimental literature and human application. 

  • Explain if avoidance training would be beneficial or not, and describe why.

Include at least 2-4 sources.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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PSY 420 Week 4 DRO Contingency Worksheet
Complete the DRO Contingency Worksheet.
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DRO Contingency Worksheet
Decide which of the following concepts are most applicable to each scenario: differential reinforcement of other behavior, avoidance contingency, punishment by prevention of reinforcer, punishment by loss of reinforcer, or avoidance of loss.
Defend your answer in 2–3 sentences each, using citations as needed.

  1. Sally, a 13-year-old teenager, is tired of having her mom nag her about her bedroom. Her mom nags about the clothes on the floor, the bed being unmade, and the trashcan spilling over in her bathroom.  Sally comes home from school in a bad mood and the last thing she wants to hear is her mom’s nagging voice. To get around the expected response from her mom, she cleans her room, makes her bed, and empties her trashcan.


  1. Sally makes the 7th-grade track team by finishing before another girl by less than 0.05 seconds in her event—the 400 meter relay.  Sally is proud of making the team but needs to work harder in the practices that follow. The first track meet does not go well. Out of the four girls on the relay team, she has the slowest time, so her track coach removes her from the team, and makes her sit as an alternate.


  1. In the weeks that follow being pulled from the track team, Sally listens to her coach’s direction and works hard to qualify for the next meet. Running her fastest time ever, Sally is excited when she qualifies to run the relay for the third track meet. Now that she has earned her spot on the team, she continues to work hard every week to keep her place.


  1. Chad is a 45-year-old man going back to school while working full time. A self-proclaimed procrastinator, his job as a computer programmer can handle his laid back style and ever-changing deadlines.  In school, however, he is having difficulty turning his homework in on time. The teacher has told him that success is impossible if he does not turn his papers in on time, yet he fails to do so week after week.


  1. Chad continues to stay in school and is a B-minus student due to the procrastination aspect of his work ethic. He has been complaining lately about school and thinking about withdrawing. His comments about the teacher, the class, the work and his grades are starting to get annoying so his mom decides to only reinforce his verbal behavior every 5 minutes he talks to her without making a negative comment about school.

PSY 420 Week 5 Feedback and Praise Reflection
Imagine you are a facilitator at a university.
Develop a scenario where you would like to influence a specific student's behavior.
Write a 350- to 700-word paper including the following:

  • Describe the scenario.

  • Describe the student's behavior that you wish to influence.

  • Describe how you would use feedback and praise with your student to elicit the desired behavior.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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PSY 420 Week 5 Self-Management Paper
Based on the approved topics you submitted to your instructor in Week 3, track baseline data over a 3-day period, using the Baseline Data Worksheet. Target a specific behavior that you would like to change and outline an intervention plan for changing that behavior.
Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper discussing the following topics:

  • Describe the target behavior.

  • Outline the dimensions of measurement/baseline measurement.

  • Describe the function of the baseline behavior.

  • Outline the goals of the behavioral change.

  • Propose a Behavior Intervention Plan based on goals.

    • 2 antecedent changes (minimum).

    • 4 consequence modifications (1 of each type). 

  • Describe any potential barriers to treatment, and how you would overcome these barriers.

  • Describe the expected outcome if the behavior intervention plan was implemented and followed.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Submit your Baseline Data Worksheet along with your paper.
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Baseline Data Worksheet
Track baseline data of your selected behavior that you would like to change over a 3-day period.
Use this information in your Self-Management Paper, due in Week 5.


Day One

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Day Three

Dimensions of measurement




Baseline measurement




Function of baseline behavior




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