Social encounters and their effect on subsequent reinforcement

Michael Lewis, Shanna Richman

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Abstract

This experiment demonstrates that a variety of social encounters can affect the reinforcement value of a subsequent social reward, and therefore subsequent learning, when praise is used as the reinforcer for a correct response. By manipulating the social experience preceding the learning task, social isolation, negative or positive social encounters are shown to differentially influence S's behavior. Anxiety is postulated as the cause for the increase in the reinforcement value of the praise and for the subsequent superior performance of the social-isolation and negative-encounter groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal and Social Psychology
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1964
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Keywords

  • EFFECTS ON SUBSEQUENT REINFORCEMENT
  • LEARNING
  • REINFORCEMENT, EFFECTS ON BY SOCIAL ENCOUNTERS
  • SOCIAL INTERACTION, &

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