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2.10 Mediated Reinforcement Example #1

An example of mediated reinforcement is when you emit the vocal response “water” and someone then presents you with a glass of water, and this tends to increase or maintain your tendency to say “water” whenever water would currently be reinforcing. The key is that the reinforcement was provided by the actions of another individual.

Mediated Reinforcement

A stimulus change that has the following features:

It occurs after a response has been emitted

It increases the future probability of that response

It results from the action of another individual

Formal and dynamic features of the response

Formal and dynamic features of the controlling variable

Whether or not the current response is reinforced

The “meaning” of either the stimulus or the response

A man is holding a cell phone and saying "water" in a mediated reinforcement example.
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