Operant Conditioning

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His parents are conditioning him with positive punishment. This is not a good type of operant conditioning, because it is showing Thomas that violence is acceptable. Spanking Thomas could be emotionally damaging. At home, his parents could do a more long term operant conditioning. Spanking Thomas is only a short term discipline that doesn't teach him anything positive. His parents could use positive reinforcement instead of positive punishment and reward Thomas for good deeds. His parents need to set a good example and being violent is not a good model. Positive reinforcement can lead to a better behaving child. I agree with each category of operant conditioning given the situation, the example, and the circumstances. A positive reinforcement
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