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Continuous

Behavior is reinforced every time it occursLearning rate  Very fastResponse rate  Very lowResponse stability  Very highExtinction rate  Very fast


Fixedinterval

A reinforcer is given at fixed time intervals (Monthly inspections)Learning rate  Very slowResponse rate  LowResponse stability  Very lowExtinction rate  Moderately fast


Variableinterval

A reinforcer is administered randomly around some average interval (Four pop quizzes throughout semester, but not when they will be)Learning rate  ModerateResponse rate  ModerateResponse stability  Low to moderateExtinction rate  Slow


Fixedratio

Reinforcer administered after a given number of acceptable behaviors (bonuses given every three meritorious behaviors)Learning rate  FastResponse rate  Very highResponse stability  HighExtinction rate  Fast


Variableratio

Reinforcer administered after an average number of acceptable behaviors (slot machine pays off on average once every 10 pulls)Learning rate  SlowResponse rate  Very highResponse stability  HighÂ Extinction rate  Very slow
