Reinforcement Schedules: Theory and Application
Schedules of reinforcement are rules for when to deliver reinforcers. For example, a reinforcer can be given for every correct response, for every five correct responses, or for a correct response every 30 seconds. Schedules of reinforcement are usually part of the discussion about how to maintain a behavior effectively once it has been trained. Trainers are interested in finding ways to produce strong and consistent behavior. This presentation will give a general introduction to schedules of reinforcement. In particular, we will focus on what recent research has to say about two schedules of reinforcement that are popular in the training community: variable-ratio schedules and differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) schedules. You will learn the pros and cons of certain schedules of reinforcement during training.