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Schedules of Reinforcement Practice - Everyday examples of Operant by hcj

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									Schedules of Reinforcement
Instructions. Identify the reinforcement schedule illustrated in the following examples by
placing the appropriate abbreviation in the blank next to the item. Use the following code:

Fixed Ratio (FR)
Variable Ratio (VR)
Fixed Interval (FI)
Variable Interval (VI)

________    1.    Getting a paycheck every other week
________    2.    Pop quizzes
________    3.    Slot machines at gambling casinos
________    4.    Calling the mechanic to find out if your car is fixed yet
________    5.    A factory worker who is paid on piece work
________    6.    Fly fishing: casting and reeling back several times before catching a fish
________    7.    Looking at your watch during a lecture until the end of the lecture
________    8.    A salesperson who gets paid on commission
________    9.    Calling a friend and getting a busy signal because he or she is frequently on the phone
________    10.    Getting a ride while hitch-hiking
________    11.    Frequent flyer program: rewards after flying X amount of miles
________    12.    Collecting bottles, cans, or other recyclables for cash
________    13.    An athlete’s contract specifies salary increases to be renegotiated every three years
________    14.    Buying lottery tickets
________    15.    A person refrains from drugs for fear of random drug testing
________    16.    Checking the refrigerator to see if the JELL-O is ready
________    17.    Watching for shooting stars
________    18.    Checking the mail, assuming the mail carrier comes at the same time every day
________    19.    Playing Bingo
________    20.    A worker receives $1 for every 100 envelopes stuffed and sealed

Answers to Schedules of Reinforcement Exercise

1.   FI                  5.   FR              9. VI                 13.    FI              17.    VI
2.   VI                  6.   VR              10. VR                14.    VR              18.    FI
3.   VR                  7.   FI              11. FR                15.    VI              19.    VR
4.   VI                  8.   FR              12. FR                16.    FI              20.    FR

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