PSYCH635 Columbia Southern University Behavioristic Theory Journal Entry

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Unit journals. No references/reference page or title page necessary. Only the journals on a simple word document.

Unit 1 Journal

Instructions

First, reflect on the behavioristic theory that we are products of our environments. Do we truly develop according to the rewards and punishments that we have encountered? How does behaviorism explain free thought and creativity? Describe at least one example from your own life that supports or contradicts behaviorism.

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 2 Journal

Instructions

Could some of your personal food preferences have been classically conditioned? Think about your favorite foods for a moment. What are some of the associations you remember about those foods? On the contrary, have you ever fallen ill with the stomach flu soon after eating a particular food and found that you were not able to eat that food again, even months or years later? Identify a personal food preference of yours that you believe has been influenced by classical conditioning. Do you think it would be possible to reverse the conditioning? Explain.

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 3 Journal

Instructions

Have you or someone you know ever encountered a person or an animal with a phobia reacting to the stimulus that evokes their fear response? Even if the fear is irrational, the discomfort that they experience is both real and uncontrollable. Do you believe that treatments would be helpful in this situation? If so, what would you recommend?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 4 Journal

Instructions

In operant conditioning, voluntary behavior is trained mainly through the use of rewards; however, it is not always clear what rewards will motivate the trainee. For example, most dogs will work hard for treats, but cats are a different story. Some children are naturally motivated to learn to read and do not need any rewards for doing their homework while other children require structure and support when acquiring their reading skills.

What motivates you to learn something new?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 5 Journal

Instructions

From a behavioristic point of view, the purpose of punishment is to eliminate unwanted behavior. It should not be an expression of frustration on the part of the trainer, nor an act of revenge to make people pay for what they did. If punishment is correctly applied, it can be a useful training tool; however, it is often misused.

Have you ever experienced ineffective punishment application? Perhaps you have witnessed this happening. Briefly describe the situation, and explain what you think could have been done to improve the training outcome.

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 6 Journal

Instructions

Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? How did you analyze the potential costs and benefits to help you clarify your choice? Were you immediately satisfied with your decision, or were there some burdensome consequences? Did it turn out to be a good choice in the end?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 7 Journal

Instructions

Sometimes it is easier to learn a task by watching someone else do it first. What have you learned to do by watching others? Is there any special skill you have learned by watching YouTube videos?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit 8 Journal

Instructions

What was your experience like with the course project? In what ways did it help you to anchor the theories and concepts you read about in the textbook? Do you plan to carry out your self-management program?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

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NicholasI
School: Duke University

Hi, kindly find attached

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Running Head: JOURNAL ENTRIES

Journal Entries
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UNIT 1 ANSWER
It is true that we are products of our environments. As such, we develop according to the
rewards and punishments that we have encountered. We can go deeper and say that even though
we may not have encountered certain punishments, our understanding of their existence if we
acted in a certain way helped in shaping what we are. Consequently, our understanding of the
rewards we can get if we acted in a certain way also shaped who we are and our value system.
Therefore, in this context, the phrase rewards and punishments that we have encountered’’ is
automatically inclusive of our awareness of the existence of punishments and rewards depending
on our actions.
I may not have actually experienced the rewards or the punishments, but my awareness of
their existence dictated my actions and shaped who I am. Free thought and creativity are illusions
in the world of behaviourists. At best, what we call free will is actually the best choice we make
from the available options, having considered the merits and demerits of each option.
I don’t remember exactly when I saw it, but from my childhood, I have always known
that whenever there are big crowds of people gathered for political reasons, there was a
likelihood of violence or confrontations with the police. This scares me so much even today such
that when there are political gatherings in my area, I don’t go to town, I stay clear far.
UNIT 2-ANWER.
Yes, my personal food preferences are classically conditioned. My favourite foods are
those foods that my Mother used to cook during the Christmas holidays. This kinds of foods
were the generally accepted foods for such celebrations by the whole society. They were so

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popular such that people started saving for the foodstuffs as early as November, with some
people buying the foods and storing in the house waiting for an occasion one month away. When
finally, the day came, the tradition was that we invite a friend to our home and after eating, we
also go to their homes to eat the same food, that was our unde...

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