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What are examples of behavioral reinforcement?

Sheri D. Pruitt
Psychology
Behavioral reinforcement (the principle that rewarded behaviors are more likely to be repeated) can take a variety of forms. All kinds of treats -- money, candy, verbal praise, applause, or gold stars on a monitoring chart -- can increase your chance of repeating a desired behavior. What works best? That's the tricky part, and it's an individual thing. What might be a powerful treat for one person might not be for someone else.

Here are some broad categories:
  • Monetary rewards (cash)
  • Non-monetary gifts (clothes, music CDs)
  • Social rewards (praise from friends and family)
  • Activity rewards (going out to a movie or getting a manicure)
  • Physiological rewards (pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, and smells)
  • Psychological rewards (feelings of happiness, contentment, and satisfaction)
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