# Psych Module 5

Which of the following experiments involves the use of operant conditioning?
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Ian, age 2, was watching his father hammer a nail. His father hit his own thumb and then used several expletives. As his father went in the house for a banded, Ian went over to the nail, picked up the hammer, pretended to hit his finger, and repeated the expletives. This scenario is an example of what kind of learning?
Molly attempts to condition her puppy to greet her when she enters the house. She repeatedly pairs her entry to the house with a treat for the puppy. The puppy eventually acquires this ability, and Molly realizes how irritating it is for the puppy to run up to her every time she enters the house. So she stops providing the puppy with a treat when she gets home and completely ignores the puppy until she calms down. The puppy no longer greeting her when she enters the house is an example of ______________.
Dr Gitter, and his wife and daughter are bird nerds. They enjoy sitting in their sunroom and looking for the birds that frequent their back yards. Over the years, they have learned that there are certain times of day, and certain times of year, when birds will be most likely to appear and be available for observation. For example, hummingbirds seem to frequent the flowers in their backyard in the late Summer months. The Mississippi Kites tend to hunt for bugs in the skies above their front yard every afternoon during the late Spring. Finally, it seems winter is the best time to hear the Pileated Woodpecker (Dr. Gitter's favorite bird) drumming and calling in the early mornings. So when these dates/times arrive, Dr. Gitter and his family are sure to be on the lookout for these specific birds.

Apparently, the bird-nerdery of Dr Gitter and his family has reached an epic level due to their recognition that birds' migratory, feeding, and mating patterns are on a ________________.
Dr Gitter's dad is a fly fisherman. Dr Gitter just doesn't get it. His dad stands in freezing cold Wisconsin streams several times a week casting his line out over and over again in the hopes of catching a fish - - which he then releases back into the stream and doesn't even eat!!!!!!!!!

Now that we have that out of the way...

Fly fishing is a bit different than traditional bait fishing. In bait fishing, you cast your line out and wait for a fish to bite. In fly fishing, you cast your line out, retrieve it, and then cast it out again. You are trying to time your cast to the presence of a fish in the stream. Sadly, fish are not very good at keeping their regular schedules of hanging around people who are fishing for them. So people who fly fish never quite know when one will be swimming by.

Based on the information above, we would say that the occasional catching of fish when fly fishing is on a ___________ schedule of reinforcement.