Thursday, October 4, 2012

Unit 3 - FRQ - Due Tue, Oct. 9, 2012

FRQ is due on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 during class.
FRQ – Answer one question on a separate sheet of paper. You may answer the second and/or third questions for extra credit on the Unit 3 Test. It is not enough to answer a question by merely listing facts. You should present a cogent argument based on your critical analysis of the question posed, using appropriate psychology terminology.

Essay #1:
Many people are concerned with the seeming inability of the prison system to rehabilitate criminals.

Based on your knowledge of learning, argue against the traditional prison system by explaining how each of the following could be used in a rehabilitation program:

Operant conditioning
Positive and negative reinforcement

Choose ONE of the above methods of learning and explain how it could be used to reform a convicted thief.

Essay #2:
Use one specific example for each of the concepts listed below to explain how the concept might relate to either the development of or the continuation of a smoking habit.

Positive reinforcement
Negative reinforcement
Incentive motivation
Schedules of reinforcement

Essay #3:
The Smiths are planning for their first baby. Both parents-to-be have had a psychology course and are looking forward to applying the principles they learned from theories and research that address child development.

Summarize one main idea or finding of each of the following four researchers:
Skinner’s operant conditioning
Bandura’s social learning theory
Provide a specific example of actions the Smiths might take to raise their child to produce positive outcomes using each of the theories below to address the corresponding psychological concept.
Skinner’s operant conditioning: tantrum management
Bandura’s social learning theory: sharing behavior