Behavioral Momentum Theory

By | November 16, 2013

Behavioral Momentum Theory describes the relationship between the persistence of a behavior (as opposed to altering the behavior) and the rate of reinforcement given to that behavior.

In physics, momentum is the product of mass and velocity. In behavior momentum theory, mass can be thought of as a behavioral characteristic and velocity can be thought of as a response rate.

Reinforcement added to a situation, regardless of their effect on the behavior, should increase behavioral resistance (e.g., Nevin and Grace, 2000).

Continuous reinforcement produces more reinforcement than intermittent scheduling.

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