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Consequences

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There are always consequences. Learn how to control them to train animals.

The second main task of operant conditioning is control of the consequences, a deceptively simple (but never easy) concept. Learn to predict learning outcomes on the basis of consequences and to manipulate several aspects of consequences. Study how the management of criteria leads to success. Master the associated vocabulary. Explore managing consequences through reading, videos, and online activities. This achievement will be evaluated by a quiz and written essay assessment. This badge is required for anyone participating at Mustang Camp either as an intern or trainer.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Predict the effect of the trainer’s actions on the behavior of the animal.
  • Design consequences to change the probability of behaviors using appetitive or aversive motivators.
  • Recognize behaviors associated with changes in reinforcement schedule.