Positive Punishment

An operant (learned) behavior contingency in which a behavior is emitted, something is added to the environment, and as a result, the behavior is less likely to happen in the future. The positive part means something was added” as a consequence (like a parent yelling after a kid hits or spraying a cat with a water bottle when they scratch furniture) and the “punishment” part refers to the decrease in probability that the behavior will be emitted in the future.

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