Four quadrants of operant conditioning
An incorrect reference to the commonly seen chart illustrating the concepts of reinforcementReinforcement In operant conditioning, a consequence to a behavior in which something is added to or removed from the situation to make the behavior more likely to occur in the future. and punishmentPunishment In operant conditioning, aconsequenceto a behavior in which something is added to or removed from the situation to make the behavior less likely to occur in the future. . This description is misleading in two ways. It neglects to mention extinctionExtinction The weakening of behavior through non-reinforcement or “ignoring” the behavior. In extinction, nothing is added or removed from the environment. For example, a treat lies on the other side of a fence. A dog reaches his paw under, but cannot reach the treat. Because reaching for the treat doesn’t work—because it isn’t reinforced through success—the dog will eventually quit reaching for the treat., and it implies that all the principles of operant conditioning are of equal value in a training program.