Consequences: A Better Understanding of Reinforcement and Punishment

Posted On November 6, 2015 in

When it comes to consequences, most people think of punishment first. And although punishment typically can make a behavior stop quickly, it is not always effective in decreasing the future likelihood that the behavior will reoccur. For example, saying, “No!” to your child while they are reaching into the cookie jar may cause them to… Read More

Reinforcement vs. Bribery

Posted On September 25, 2015 in

Commonly misunderstood, is the difference between reinforcement and bribery.  Reinforcement is a core principle in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and used to increase desired behaviors.  Reinforcement is anything that comes after a behavior that increases the future likelihood of that behavior.  Often times, reinforcers are promised prior to the behavior (i.e. after you… Read More