12.3 Sample Psychological Functions of Stimuli

What does this mean? Well, stimuli and events can have a wide variety of psychological functions.

A burger with fries on a plate, demonstrating sample psychological functions of stimuli.
Food typically has reinforcing functions for hungry organisms, and most will work to obtain it.
A stimulus in the field with a stop sign.
A stop sign has discriminative functions for most drivers: it lets them know when they should stop their vehicle.
A baby sleeping in a blanket, demonstrating sample psychological functions.
A cute baby often has emotional functions for many people, and makes them feel happy, warm, and perhaps protective.
A death sign on a fence.
An electric shock usually has aversive functions, and most organisms will work to escape or avoid it.
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