Operant Conditioning and Superstitions
Dr. Jaquetta Stevens (Standard Copyright License)
March 13, 2017
Describe the historical antecedents of operant conditioning. What factors led to the rise of operant conditioning? Describe the principles/concepts which can be applied to explain the process by which operant conditioning can lead to the development and maintenance of superstitions. Brainstorm to come up with a number of superstitions you may have heard or read about. Using your knowledge and vocabulary of operant conditioning, choose one of these superstitions. Then, describe in detail, the thinking processes involved that resulted in the acquisition and perpetuation of this irrational belief. Describe a specific aspect of the operant conditioning process that leads to these beliefs becoming so deeply ingrained and long standing in nature. Explain whether a person can ever be rid of superstitions. What methods can be used to help such a person? Interview a family member or friend to discover a superstition that he or she believes in. Explain the nature of the event....