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Exam BCBA topic 1 question 42 discussion

Actual exam question from BACB's BCBA
Question #: 42
Topic #: 1
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A child is exhibiting tantrum behaviors. You believe the tantrum is occurring for your attention. You therefore ignore the tantrum until it ceases while continuing daily activities. You note that the tantrums decrease over time. This is an example of:

  • A. Positive punishment
  • B. Establishing operations
  • C. Time-out
  • D. Extinction
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Suggested Answer: A


Highly Voted 1 year, 3 months ago
This is an example of extinction. Positive punishment requires that something aversive be added to the environment. When in this example, something reinforcing is removed from the environment.
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Most Recent 1 day, 22 hours ago
This is Positive punishment, since the stimulus(ignoring which is aversive) is added in the environment, and notice that the behavior is decreasing daily. In Extinction there will be an rapid increase in behavior initially(tantrum) before it decreases.
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2 months, 3 weeks ago
Yes, it is extinction.
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