Reinforcement Schedules Worksheet
In real life, continuous reinforcement schedules are rare. Sometimes responses are reinforced, sometimes not. Among the most important schedules of reinforcement are: fixed ratio (FR), variable ratio (VR), fixed interval (FI), and Variable Interval (VI). Identify the schedule in the examples below.
1. buying state lottery tickets and winning.
2. A hotel maid may take a 15-minute break only after having cleaned three rooms.
3. watching and seeing shooting stars on a dark night.
4. A teenager receives an allowance every Saturday.
5. checking the front porch for a newspaper when the delivery person is extremely unpredictable.
6. A professional baseball player gets a hit approximately every third time at bat.
7. checking the oven to see if chocolate chip cookies are done, when baking time is known.
8. A blueberry picker receives $1 after filling 3 pint boxes.
9. A charitable organization makes an average of ten phone calls for every donation it receives.
10. calling a garage mechanic to see if your car is fixed yet.
11. A student's final grade improves one level for every three books reviews submitted.
12. going to the cafeteria to see if the next meal is available.