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post #51 of 51 Old 06-28-2013, 08:47 AM
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...If you ever took a psychology class you may have learned about the whole positive/negative reinforcement method, this is what she does. Like with the parelli method you first ask nicely, if that doesn't work then you make a suggestion, then tell. Its just without force. ...
Umm, I'm having a problem with this because embedded in the "then tell" is force and negative reinforcement. Don't kid yourself into thinking that the "tell" does not involve dominance and submission.

Understand I was only a few credits shy of my doctorate in Learning Psych (positive/negative reinforcement). And somehow, everyone thinks that there is no force involved. I guess they mean no physical beating.

What Learning Theory does is identity other reinforcers (positive and negative) other than food and whips. Positive reinforcement is anything that enhances a desired behavior, negative reinforcement is anything that reduces/extinguishes an undesirable behavior.

The standard pressure/release training involves positive and negative reinforcement. The horse finds pressure aversive and moves away from it, and the horse finds release pleasant and increases the frequency of the new behavior. And pressure/release are primary reinforcers, while clicker training involves a secondary (less powerful) reinforcer.

So Learning Theory is somehow being co-mingled with an idea of horsey friendship and relationship in a manged way. But the problem is that the Learning Theory being described is not well understood.
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