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Learning Theories

4. Reinforcement and Punishment

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Lecture

In this module, we take a closer look at the mechanisms of reinforcement and punishment in operant conditioning. We begin by thinking about two different types of reinforcement, positive and negative, and discuss how they can lead to a certain behaviour being performed again. Next, we think about positive and negative punishment and how this can lead to a behaviour being reduced.

Course

In this course, Mr Martyn Quigley (University of Nottingham) discusses some classic psychological theories of learning. We begin, in module one, by thinking about the research of Ivan Pavlov and his theory of classical conditioning as a form of associative learning. The second module takes a closer look at factors affecting classical conditioning, focussing in particular on the processes of extinction and generalisation. In module three, we move on to discuss operant or instrumental conditioning and the research of Edward Thorndike. In module four, we think about the mechanisms of reinforcement and punishment in operant conditioning, while module five takes a closer look at how the rate at which reinforcement occurs can influence learning. Module six concludes the course with a discussion of Social Learning Theory as an alternative to the behaviourist approach to learning.

Lecturer

Martyn Quigley is a Teaching Associate in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include the mechanisms which underpin learning in a whole manner of circumstances, and how these can be linked to applied settings (e.g. educational and medical settings). He is also interested in the philosophy of science and how this relates to psychology and the replication crisis.

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Quigley, M. (2019, September 27). Learning Theories - Reinforcement and Punishment [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/learning-theories/reinforcement-and-punishment

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Quigley, Martyn. "Learning Theories – Reinforcement and Punishment." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/learning-theories/reinforcement-and-punishment

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