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.

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. He serves on several editorial boards, including the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. His areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, and rule- and contingency-shaped behavior.