is a method used primarily in operant conditioning whereby behaviours which are desired are reinforced. Initially, approximate behaviours are reinforced, however, later into the study, only precise behaviours are reinforced.
What is METHOD OF SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATIONS?
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METHOD OF SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATIONS: "The method of successive approximations involves rewarding ambiguous behaviours early on however refining those which can be rewarded as the study goes on."
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