is a behavioral management technique
in which something is taken away
from (or 'negated
') a situation in order to increase the chances of the desired behavior happening, at all or in greater frequency. People in positions of authority
use this to get their workers
, to behave
the way they want.
Negative reinforcement is frequently confused
, because it just sounds
. When punishment is used to increase the likelihood of a behavior, technically thats positive reinforcement
, because you are adding something to the situation to get the desired behavior out of your subject
Example: The makers of seatbelts want you to PUT THEM ON when you get in the car. For awhile, in some cars, a buzzer would go off until you clicked the seatbelt in place. The negating action (the 'taking away') was the buzzer going away when you did the desired behavior, which was to put the seatbelt on.
I can't take credit for the example, J. Pickens, PhD (Elon College) used it in a psychology lecture
one semester, waaaay back when.