Token Economic System Analysis

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A token economy system works for a parent trying to manage their children if they are conscious about using it to reinforce good behaviors (e.g. manners, cleaning up after themselves, etc.). The implementation of the system must be strict - the target behavior must be reinforced with the reward, and the two must be exclusive, meaning that the reward cannot be given for any other time. Otherwise, this would interfere with the child’s association between the two things, which would not make the behavior so reinforced (Naik, 2001).
Another way that this method might fail is when the reward/token is not very appealing to the child. In Naik’s paper, he states that operant conditioning is largely based on pleasure seeking or “sensory gratification.”

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