Was there a decrease or increase in the number of reinforcements used? Did the desired behavior decrease or increase for each of the rats? What does this represent?

The Effect of Ratio Schedules of Reinforcement in Operant Conditioning

You will be writing the discussion and conclusion section of a lab report with the information given on virtual lab rats. The topic is The Effect of Ratio Schedules of Reinforcement in Operant Conditioning.

DISCUSSION

1. Summarize the main findings of your experiment

Was there a decrease or increase in the number of reinforcements used? Did the desired behavior decrease or increase for each of the rats? What does this represent?

Why did this happen? Were there any differences between the male and female rats?

2. Relate these findings to your initial hypotheses

3. Relate these findings to the literature

4. Discuss the strengths and limitations of your study

Note: It’s usually best to have discuss more strengths than limitations and to have about 3-4 strengths and 2-3 limitations.

5. Provide suggestions for future studies

CONCLUSION

1. Summarize your lab report with a conclusion

2. Include how your findings might generalize to other populations

Refer to the pdf provided labeled “OC Lab pdf” for all information on the lab in order to know what the lab is and to write the discussion/ conclusion section.