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PSY 420 Week 1 Reinforcement Procedures

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

 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

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your assignment.



PSY 420 Week 2 Ethics of Punishment

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

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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Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.



PSY 420 Week 3 Reinforcement Worksheet

Complete the
Reinforcement Worksheet.

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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

  • Apply the schedules to specific

  • 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

Complete the
DRO Contingency Worksheet.

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Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.  


DRO Contingency


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.


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


  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

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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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.






Dimensions of measurement




Baseline measurement




Function of baseline behavior




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