Many people believe that superstitions are absolutely true. This often causes them to believe and act in ways that are out of the norm either to avoid a negative outcome or to bring about a positive outcome. However, the origins of all superstitions lie in operant conditioning (for example, wearing the same shirt worn during a victory game to all future games in order to ensure victory).
In this assignment, you will examine the process by which operant conditioning can lead to the formation of a superstition.
Using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the development of operant conditioning and its basic principles. Then, address the following:
Write a 3–4-page paper in Word format. The paper should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with regular one-inch margins and free of typographical and grammatical errors. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Be sure to include a title page and a reference page. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.
By the due date assigned, deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area.
Grading Criteria and Rubric
Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsDescribe the historical antecedents of operant conditioning and the specific factors which led to the rise of operant conditioning.
(Course Objective [CO] 1)24Describe the principles/concepts that can be applied to explain the process by which operant conditioning can lead to the development and maintenance of superstitions.
(CO2)28Describe at least one superstition and analyze the thinking process that was involved in the acquisition and perpetuation of this irrational belief.
(CO1)28Describe the elements of the operant conditioning process that lead these beliefs to be so deeply ingrained and long standing.
(CO2)28Explain whether a person can ever rid him or herself of superstitions. Describe methods that can be used to help the person.
(CO4)16Describe a superstition of a friend or family member and the events that led to the formation of his or her superstition.
(CO2, 4)12Analyze whether the superstition fits with your knowledge of operant conditioning’s role in the development of superstitions.
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