Rewards And Punishment At School Learning

1048 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In order to understand whether rewards and punishment operate as similar factors an experiment was designed. Subjects underwent an auditory task where they had to mark down answers on an answer sheet. Answers marked down showed that punishment had a greater effect on behavior. Once analyzed, the results showed that punishment and reward do not have a symmetric law of effect. In fact, giving a punishment had a stronger effect on behavior than giving a reward.
Introduction
A staggering twelve years is spent in school learning about a variety of pertinent subjects. Teachers, the people that work in these learning institutes have used both reward and punishment to guide behavior. For instance, some teachers offer a prize to whoever gets the highest score on a test. While others choose to take away free time to those who do poorly on a test. All those programs are put in place with the goal of improving performance. Unfortunately, not all systems are successful. In fact, some are incredibly more effective than others. Perhaps, the consequences of a behavior dictate the outcomes next time. The question posed by this is, “Do punishment and reward operate as distinct factors in influencing behavior?”
It may seem that gaining something and losing something of the same value has the same effect on behavior. Surprisingly, that is not the case. Humans tend to be more mindful of being stripped of an object than gaining possession of that object. Completely encapsulating that thought is…
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