Any stimulus present when an operant is reinforced acquires control in the sense that the rate will be higher when it is present.

Any stimulus present when an operant is reinforced acquires control in the sense that the rate will be higher when it is present. #bf skinner quotes psychology quotes

Any stimulus present when an operant is reinforced acquires control in the sense that the rate will be higher when it is present. Such a stimulus does not act as a goad; it does not elicit the response in the sense of forcing it to occur. It is simply an essential aspect of the occasion upon which a response is made and reinforced. The difference is made clear by calling it a discriminative stimulus. B. F. Skinner

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