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Big Bang Theory Operant Conditioning (Links to an external site.)

Watch the clip and answer the questions below, be sure to use content covered in the chapter.

This clip from the popular television show The Big Bang Theory illustrates the concept of operant conditioning. Sheldon wants to make Penny more thoughtful and considerate so he rewards her with chocolate when she acts accordingly, which is an example of positive reinforcement. Penny’s behavior is gradually shaped in response to Sheldon’s rewards.

Thought Questions:

  1. Operant conditioning also includes negative reinforcement and punishment. How might Sheldon have shaped Penny’s behavior using these other conditioning strategies?
  2. Can you think of a behavior in yourself or someone else that you could shape in this way?
  3. How could these principles be applied to personality? Can you think of any aspects of your personality that might have been shaped by rewards and/or punishments?

** Be sure to use topics/concepts covered in the chapter in your posts. Once you post your response (150-200 words). Respond to 2 classmates responses (75 words). Make sure your reply is constructive feedback, clear, and offer an explanation to your response.

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