Operant Conditioning: Discrimination vs. Generalization?

Instructions: Below are some everyday situations in which some form of operant behavior is occurring. After reading each scenario, indicate whether it is an instance of generalization or discrimination.

Situation 1:

We stop our vehicles when the traffic light is red, but continue through the light when it is green.

Situation 2:

We sit quietly in our seats during class examinations, church services, theatrical presentations, and funerals.

Situation 3:

We raise our hands before speaking in class but not while talking to a friend or while at a party.

Situation 4:

We put our feet up on our desk and coffee table at home, but not on our grandparents’ coffee table.

Situation 5:

We mistake a stranger for a friend of ours.

Situation 6:

We answer the doorbell when it was really the phone that was ringing.


About victoriaruss

I teach World History, Civics, AP Psychology, and AP Government at West Bladen High School.
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