Reinforcement Schedules

Kelli Snyder and Paige Kunkel

An example of a fixed-ratio schedule is when you buy nine smoothies, you get the tenth for free. The reinforcer is a free smoothie.
An example of a variable-ratio schedule is playing a game at the fair to win a stuffed animal. The stuffed animal is the reinforcer.
An example of a fixed-interval schedule is watching your favorite T.V. Show everyday at 6 p.m. Your favorite T.V. show is the reinforcer.
An example of a variable-interval schedule is fishing. You do not know if or when you will catch a fish. The reinforcer is the fish.

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