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Schedules of Reinforcement

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A schedule of reinforcement determines when and how often reinforcement of a behavior is given.  Schedules of reinforcement play an important role in the learning process of operant conditioning since the speed and strength of the response can be significantly impacted by when and how often a behavior is reinforced (Van Wagner, 2010b).  Two types of reinforcement schedules are:  continuous reinforcement and intermittent reinforcement.