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Natural vs. Contrived Negative Reinforcement

I have updated this post. Please see the new version: Automatic vs. Socially Mediated Negative Reinforcement Eileen Anderson, 10/21/17 I read the following online the other day: People shouldn’t object to the use of negative reinforcement! It’s just stuff like washing … Continue reading

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Why Scratching an Itch is Not the Same as Performing a Force Fetch

Quite often in discussions about negative reinforcement, someone brings up a plethora of examples from human life that sound harmless and benign. Here are some of the items that are often mentioned: Scratching an itch Washing your hands to remove … Continue reading

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