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6.12 Establishing Operation vs. Discriminative Stimulus Part 4

Eating the peanuts once again made water reinforcing. It established water as an effective reinforcement for pushing the button.

A pile of peanuts.
Establishing Operation
An image of a water vending machine showing operation.
Discriminative Stimulus

Establishing Operation

An environmental change or event with the following features:

Precedes the response to which it is functionally related

Increases the effectiveness of a particular stimulus change as reinforcement

The type of environmental event

The cause of the environmental event

The type of stimulus that gains reinforcing effectiveness

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Such a good way to explain the relationship between a discriminative stimulus and establishing operation!

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