Use the Habits Worksheet (from Learning Activities #1). You have already identified how you acquired and how you maintain/reinforce this habit. You have also identified how you have tried to change this habit in the past.
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The assignment will be to outline a plan detailing how to change this habit in a 2 page essay.
Using the principles of operant conditioning, create a plan of how you can use reinforcers or punishers to change your habit. Remember: reinforcers are used to increase a behavior and punishers are used to decrease a behavior. After reading the material in this chapter, which will you use? What kind of schedule of reinforcement will you use? Why? Will you use the concept of shaping as you try to change this habit? You may want to consider using the steps of behavior modification (outlined in your textbook) to help with this assignment.
Your essay should have an introduction stating the habit you will discuss and a conclusion discussing whether you think you will be successful. This should be a 2 page essay double spaced.