How Psychologists see children / Operant Conditioning

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Why would anyone raise a child by following the advice of people who torture small animals and use the “results” as the guide to “dealing with” children? Children are not lab rats, but the insistence on the part of psychologists that rat behavior=human behavior is how American parenting and education have degenerated into a vast system of Operant Conditioning and psychological experimentation. Schools don’t teach academics; they indoctrinate children with dehumanizing “theories” of humans as Big Rats.

BF Skinner: Operant Conditioning

From Simply Psychology.com Saul McLeod, 2007

Skinner is regarded as the father of Operant Conditioning, but his work was based on Thorndike’s law of effect. Skinner introduced a new term into the Law of Effect – Reinforcement. Behavior which is reinforced tends to be repeated (i.e. strengthened); behavior which is not reinforced tends to die out-or be extinguished (i.e. weakened).

Skinner (1948) studied operant conditioning by conducting experiments using animals which he placed in a ‘Skinner Box‘ which was similar to Thorndike’s puzzle box.

Skinner Box illustration operant conditioning

B.F. Skinner (1938) coined the term operant conditioning; it means roughly changing of behavior by the use of reinforcement which is given after the desired response. Skinner identified three types of responses or operant that can follow behavior.

Neutral operants: responses from the environment that neither increase nor decrease the probability of a behavior being repeated.

Reinforcers: Responses from the environment that increase the probability of a behavior being repeated. Reinforcers can be either positive or negative.

Punishers: Responses from the environment that decrease the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. Punishment weakens behavior.

Is it a surprise that when children are subjected to this inhumane regime, mayhem becomes the status quo in public schools? Children know when they are being abused. Children become objects whose function is to be manipulated by teachers and parents into proper social robots: There is an utter failure to meet childhood needs – first and foremost education.

The psychologist suggests you choose your own punishment. So, do you want your mouth washed out with bar or liquid soap?'

Punishment (weakens behavior)

Punishment is defined as the opposite of reinforcement since it is designed to weaken or eliminate a response rather than increase it. It is an aversive event that decreases the behavior that it follows

Like reinforcement, punishment can work either by directly applying an unpleasant stimulus like a shock after a response or by removing a potentially rewarding stimulus, for instance, deducting someone’s pocket money to punish undesirable behavior.

Note: It is not always easy to distinguish between punishment and negative reinforcement.

There are many problems with using punishment, such as:

  • Punished behavior is not forgotten, it’s suppressed – behavior returns when punishment is no longer present.
  • Causes increased aggression – shows that aggression is a way to cope with problems.
  • Creates fear that can generalize to undesirable behaviors, e.g., fear of school.
  • Does not necessarily guide toward desired behavior – reinforcement tells you what to do, punishment only tells you what not to do.

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