Introduction to Psychology

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise

stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format.

Your response should be four (4) double-spaced pages; refer to the “Assignment Format” page located on the Course Home page for

specific format requirements.

Part A

For Part A of this assignment, you will apply the principles of operant conditioning to modify an existing behavior. Target a behavior

to be modified, either an undesirable behavior that you would like to eliminate or a desirable behavior that you would like to

strengthen.

1. Generate a plausible explanation for why the problem exists.
2. Describe one (1) reason why you want to change the behavior and one (1) benefit the change will bring.
3. Carefully design a program for modifying the behavior, making sure to include all relevant conditioning principles incorporated

within your plan (which might include the use of positive and negative reinforcers, punishment, shaping, schedules of reinforcement,

modeling, extinction, stimulus discrimination or generalization, primary and secondary reinforcers, and so on.) Your plan should

include three (3) steps.

Part B

Design a series of test items that would indicate the different intelligences according to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple

intelligences. Provide one (1) original example of how you would test each of the eight (8) different intelligences.
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