learning and behavior final part 3
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what is a concurrent schedule
the simultaneous presentation of two or more independent schedules, each leading to a reinforcer
On concurrent interval schedules, what is the optimal behavior?
On a concurrent VI 10-s or VI 30-s schedule, the majority of responses (not all the responses) will go towards the VI 10-s schedule
What is the matching law?
the proportion of responses emitted on a particular schedule matches the proportion of reinforers obtained on that schedule
How does the matching law allow us to predict response allocation on various concurrent VI-VI schedules?
predicts a consistent relationship between the proportion of reinforcers obtained on a certain alternative and the proportion of responses emitted on that alternative
what are some of the problems with the concept of "willpower" as it relates to self-control?
more of a mentalistic view (behaviorist problem)
Circularity (the only evidence for its existence is the behavior its meant to explain
Pessimistic (failures of self-control are often attributed to a lack of ability to have it)
what does skinner have to say about self-control?
yes, environment determines our behavior, but our behavior also effects our environment
So we can learn to make responses that change our environment in ways that will produce desirable behavior
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