MaryAnn! You only say thank you when I give you a lollipop, but you need to say thank you every time someone does something nice for you!
I'm sorry grandma I forgot! Thank you!
MaryAnn has absolutely no manners! That insolent little girl must to learn how to say please and thank you by dinner time.
don't worry grandma! I'll make sure she learns
I have an idea! I recently learned about classical conditioning in psychology class... maybe I could use a bell as a neutral stimulus and condition MaryAnn into saying thank you every time I ring the bell!
Since saying thank you is an unconditioned response to being given a lollipop, an unconditioned stimulus, maybe if I ring the bell and give her a lollipop at the same time, over time, she'll learn to associate saying thank you with the ring of the bell, so I won't have to throw lollipops at her from across the table for her to say thank you!
D I N G
No problem MaryAnn!
Of course sweetie! Thank you for helping me! What a sweet little girl you are!
Thank you grandma!
I'm glad the bell, which was a neutral stimulus at first, turned into a conditioned stimulus, making saying thank you a conditioned response!