A peaceful thanksgiving dinner

A peaceful thanksgiving dinner
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  • Little Billy (who is 9 years old) likes to make everyone laugh with his loud belches in the middle of a meal. However, Grandma thinks this behavior is unacceptable. Little Billy needs to cease belching during the meal so that Grandma doesn't make a scene.  
  • So gross!
  • Billy, stop that!
  • UURRPP
  • HAHAHA!
  • How about this, I'll give you $5 if you don't belch for the rest of this meal. 
  • Okay!
  • This situation is emphasizing positive reinforcement. 
  • Great! Here's $5. 
  • Yay! Thank's grandma!
  • Grandma gives Billy $5 at the end of each meal every time he does not belch, which is a positive reinforcement. The $5 represents a delayed and secondary reinforcement since he gets it after the task. This situation has a continuous schedule of reinforcement since Billy will get $5 at the end of each meal he doesn't belch.
  • The next meal...
  • Here's your $5 for not belching this meal.
  • Yay! Thank's grandma!
  • Grandma has been on vacation for four weeks and it's been five weeks since she has given Billy $5 for not belching during a meal. Grandma has been told he has been belching constantly when she was gone.
  • Oh boy, his old habits have probably resurfaced. 
  • When suddenly, out of nowhere, Billy has halted his belching habits. This situation indicates spontaneous behavior.
  • Wow, it's already the end of the meal and he hasn't burped!
  • I'm finished eating now. May I be excused?
  • Sure, son. 
  • The end.
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