EXCERPT from Positive versus Negative Re-inforcement Doggie Style by Dr. JC “Kay” Neine in VIVAcini! 12 Oct 2012
Imagine if you and all the rest of humanity were
suddenly transported to an alien environment – I
mean REALLY alien, where EVERYTHING is different
and topsy-turvy, e.g. turning a door knob
opens a trap door, turning on a light switch flushes
the toilet, unknown objects have unknown effects,
some of them involving pain!
You get the idea. How would you figure out a set
of behaviors to help you get the things you need to
survive? You’ve probably answered through “trial
and error”— good answer because it refers to the
law of effect, the crux of learning theory.
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