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Psychological Effects of Punishment

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:Donald Joseph

on 10 June 2014

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Punishment is focused on reducing or eliminating unwanted behaviors. Punishment is often mistakenly confused with negative reinforcement. Reinforcement increases the chances that a behavior will occur while punishment decreases the chances of that behavior occuring again.

Example: A teenage girl stays out for an hour past her curfew, so her parents ground her for a week.
There are two kinds of punishment: positive and negative punishment.

In negative punishment, something that the person desires is taken away.

Example: A parent might forbid a child to watch a favorite television show.

In positive punishment, something undesirable is given in response to the behavior.

Example: A parent may require a child to wash the dishes.

When giving a punishment, you should always make sure that it is not too harsh. Let the crime fit the punishment. If a punishment is too harsh then the side effects could be extremely dangerous. The person or animal may be scarred for life or they may have reoccuring nightmares.
Psychological Effects of Punishment
By: Donald Joseph
In Operant Conditioning, punishment is any change in a human or animal's surroundings that occurs after a given behavior or response which reduces the likelihood of that behavior occuring again in the furture.
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