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Reinforcement learning

Thorndike’s Law of Effect led B.F. Skinner to the study of instrumental conditioning, where behaviour could be manipulated by applying rewards and punishments.

To describe this paradigm, some terminology is useful since they are often confused in popular discussions:

  • Positive reinforcement. Rewarding a behaviour.
  • Positive punishment. Something bad decreases a behaviour, such as shocking an animal that gives an incorrect response.
  • Negative reinforcement. Removing something bad to increase behaviour.
  • Negative punishment. Removing something good to decrease behaviour.

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