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Power of Reinforcement, The
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According to Stephen Ray Flora, reinforcement is a very powerful tool for improving the human condition despite often being dismissed as regarding people as less than human and as “overly simplistic.” This book addresses and defends the use of reinforcement principles against a wide variety of attacks. Countering the myths, criticisms, and misrepresentations of reinforcement, including false claims that reinforcement is “rat psychology,” the author shows that building reinforcement theory on basic laboratory research is a strength, not a weakness, and allows unlimited applications to human situations as it promotes well-being and productivity. Also examined are reinforcement contingencies, planned or accidental, as they shape behavioral patterns and repertoires in a positive way.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. THE POWER OF REINFORCEMENT
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Part I: MYTHS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS OF REINFORCEMENT
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. REINFORCEMENT AS “RAT PSYCHOLOGY”
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. INSULTS AND MISCHIEVOUS MISREPRESENTATIONS: M&Ms for the Retarded
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. 3. CARROT-AND-STICK CONTROL, BRIBERY, AND VALUE
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. 4. THE MYTH THAT “EXTRINSIC REWARDS UNDERMINE INTRINSIC INTEREST”
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 5. THE REALITY OF EXTRINSIC REWARDS AND INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
  2. pp. 61-74
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  1. 6. REINFORCEMENT CRUSHES CREATIVITY
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. 7. REINFORCEMENT CREATES CREATIVITY
  2. pp. 83-104
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  1. 8. THE MYTH THAT IMITATION AND INSTRUCTION FOLLOWING INVALIDATE REINFORCEMENT THEORY
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. Part II: FOR BETTER OR WORSE. IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: Reinforcement in Action
  2. pp. 115-116
  1. 9. REINFORCEMENT OF ACHIEVEMENT AND UNDERACHIEVEMENT
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. 10. REINFORCEMENT IN EDUCATION
  2. pp. 127-154
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  1. 11. REINFORCEMENT IN DRUG USE, ABUSE, AND TREATMENT
  2. pp. 155-180
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  1. 12. REINFORCEMENT AND CRIME, MISCONDUCT, AND CORRECTION
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. 13. REINFORCEMENT IN THE CAUSE, COURSE, AND CORRECTION OF DEPRESSION, CHRONIC PAIN, AND ILLNESS
  2. pp. 199-224
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 225-244
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  1. APPENDIX 1: The Selection of Behavior
  2. pp. 245-250
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  1. APPENDIX 2: Basic Terms
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. NAME INDEX
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. SUBJECT INDEX
  2. pp. 265-269
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