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JavierSand JavierSand
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How would a behavioral theorist explain motivation? Briefly explain the relevance of the schedules-of-reinforcement concept to motivation.

Write a brief explanation of a concept that theorists such as Maslow and Weiner would include in their theories, but that a behavioral theorist would not. On what grounds would the behavioral theorist object to this concept?
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The concept of motivation is tied to the principle that behaviors that have been reinforced in the past are more likely to be repeated than are behaviors that have not been reinforced or that have been punished.

Motivation affects the intensity and direction of behavior. A schedule of reinforcement may affect the direction of behavior by establishing a more effective pattern of reinforcement for one response than for another. The schedule also affects intensity of behavior, as reflected in frequency of response.

Maslow and Weiner include components in their theories that are not directly observable. Needs such as self-actualization, and processes such as the effect of type of attribution on expectations for success, would not appear in a behavioral theory.
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