PSY 420 Week 4 Discussion Questions
This activity counts toward your Class Participation grade. Participation credit is earned by responding substantively to Class Discussion Activities, First Messages, and the posts of your classmates. The university standard for participation is a total of eight responses each week, spread out over a minimum of three days. Substantive posts will be marked with a blue “S”.
To qualify as Substantive, a post should be at least 150 – 300 words, and should reflect critical thought. Whenever possible, the response should relate to the course readings and to your own work experience. All writing for this course must be in Standard American English (SAE). Please make sure to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors do not present a professional appearance and will impact your successful completion of this course. All personal opinions must be supported by text evidence, and all non-original ideas must be cited in accordance with APA guidelines.
There are various forms of positive punishment ranging from telling someone “no” to using electric shock.
- Explain why positive punishment is different from extinction or negative punishment by using examples to make your case.
- Think of a situation where you have seen punishment used, the side effects that resulted and how the situation could have been more appropriately handled (or, alternately, how they were appropriately handled).
- Consider the range of possible punishing stimuli used in schools, homes, and other possible environments. Come up with at least 5 punishments (you can draw from both positive and negative punishment), and rank them in order of social validity.
- Do you find that children appreciate a structured environment in which to behave?
- At what point do you feel adults no longer appreciably learn and experiencing new things thus making negative punishment less effective on them.
- With Negative Punishment does there need a subtracting of something desirable in order to decrease of a target behavior?