The Types of Reinforcement

This looks at the types of reinforcement as well as the timings and pairings of classical and operant conditioning.

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Type of Reinforcement Definition
+ PUNISHMENT GIVING an unpleasant stimulus
PUNISHMENT TAKING AWAY a pleasant stimulus
+ REINFORCEMENT GIVING a pleasant stimulus
RENIFORCEMENT TAKING AWAY an unpleasant stimulus
Name Definition Response Rate Extinction
Continuous Always reinforced Low Rapid
Fixed Ratio Reinforced after fixed number High Fast
of responses
Variable Ratio Reinforced after average High Slow
variable number of responses
Fixed Interval Reinf. Given after fixed period Low Fast
of time (response must happen
during this time)
Variable Interval Reinf. Given after average Moderate Slow
variable time (response must
happen during this time)
Classical Conditioning Visual Example:


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