For this assignment, you will write an essay that describes how you


For this Assignment, you will write an essay that describes how you would apply operant conditioning to a specific case.

Your Assignment must be written in essay format using 12-point font and double-spacing. APA format and at least three scholarly sources are required. It should be between 4–6 pages in length.

Select one of the following behaviors:

  • Teaching      a puppy to roll over
  • Getting      a teenager to clean his/her room
  • Working with an autistic child to make eye contact with      an adult
  • Another      behavior of your choosing — check first with your instructor

In your essay, be sure to do the following:

  1. Briefly recap      and describe the target behavior you wish to shape.
  2. Break      the behavior down into the manageable parts that you will shape (list each      part).
  3. Describe      the process that you will use to shape the behaviors.
  4. Evaluate      the different types of reinforcement that could be used to shape      behaviors. Describe at least two factors that you need to consider when      selecting a reinforcer.
  5. Discuss      how you will balance reinforcement with extinction while shaping behavior.      Describe some of the potential consequences that can arise if you use: a)      too much reinforcement; or b) too much extinction.
  6. In 2–4      paragraphs, discuss the relevance of operant conditioning to your own personal      career goals.

The Assignment should:

  • Follow      Assignment directions (review grading rubric for best results).
  • Use      correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition.
  • Demonstrate      college-level communication through the composition of original materials      in Standard American English.
  • Be      written in Standard American English and be clear, specific, and      error-free. If needed, be sure to use the Kaplan University Writing Center      for help.

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