Response cost

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The response cost system is a method of operant conditioning that can be used in behavior therapy. In contrast to token systems , with a response cost procedure a reward ( positive reinforcer ) is agreed, which is withdrawn if the undesired behavior occurs. Since the system reacts much more directly to the undesired behavior than the token system, the application successes are higher, but possibly less permanent (see also intermittent reinforcement ).


Jeanne Ellis Ormrod: Essentials of Educational Psychology , 2nd ed. Edition, Merrill, Upper Saddle River, NJ 2009, ISBN 978-0-13-501657-2 , p. 338.