Socially Mediated

A consequence that is socially mediated is one that is delivered by another human or which requires another human in order for the individual’s behavior to contact a relevant reinforcer. Asking someone to get you a glass of water is likely reinforced by the socially mediated action of someone else getting you the water- getting the water from a drinking fountain on your own on the other hand, does not require another person and therefore would not be socially mediated.