Posts Tagged ‘Darrel Bostow’

Some Inspirational Words

February 3, 2010

Some Inspirational Words

My dear friend, Darrel Bostow, Ph.D., sent me the following video.

I highly recommend that you take a short minute to view it. It is wonderfully a inspirational U-tube video.

I do enjoy inspirational words and thoughts, so long as they do not cloak an occult destructive political movement.

V.T.M., 2/2/2010

America Must Teach With Positive Reinforcement

December 12, 2009

America Must Teach With Positive Reinforcement

The Law of Effect simply states: Behavior is controlled by its consequences.

The following is another demonstration of how Positive Reinforcement can be used to teach astonishing tricks to relatively dumb animals. If  a lowly rat can learn to “play basketball”, think what humanity– through the teaching of its children–can learn!

The overwhelming mass of scientific evidence is that children learn best through positive reinforcement based methods.

The nice thing about using what most people call rewards to teach all animals (humans especially), rather than punishment, is that it leaves people wanting to do the learned behaviors more often, liking the teacher,  enjoying the teaching process, and very happy to learn more.

I thank my colleague Darrel Bostow, Ph.D., sending this wonderful video to me. Please click the following URL for a unique and entertaining educational experience.

More teaching with positive reinforcement  America!  Let’s do it with our children and with ourselves!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   12/12/09

The Law of Effect

October 15, 2009

The Law of Effect

One of the premier laws in psychology is the Law of Effect. The Law of Effect states that behavior is controlled by its consequences. Our behavior (our operant behavior) is controlled by consequences. To change human behavior effective consequences can be presented in what is called a behavioral contingency.  The behavioral contingency simply specifies that if a particular behavior occurs, a specific consequence will immediately follow. Any time a culture provides a contingency of positive reinforcement for a desired behavior, the frequency of that behavior will increase within its population.

The following example of a contingency of positive reinforcement for exercise and this illustration of the Law of Effect in action. Enjoy!!!

I thank my friend and colleague Darrel Bostow, Ph.D., for sending me this wonderful video.

VTM, 10/15/09

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