Four Categories of Operant Conditioning (Packet of 100 Handouts)


Step 1: Define the behavior. Step 2: Decide whether you want to increase or decrease the behavior. Step 3: Decide whether you are adding or subtracting something.

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A kid hits her friend with badminton racket to correct a behavior. Is it positive punishment or negative reinforcement?

It seems like almost everyone is familiar with some of the categories of operant conditioning; however, most people aren’t fluent enough to necessarily get the category correct.  This poster, taken from Dr. Yin’s block post on the subject (found here) clearly lays out the steps in determining which category a technique falls under.

Sold in packs of 100.

Best For:

  • Trainers
  • Shelter staff
  • Rescue groups
  • Dog owners

Need just one? The 8.5 x 11 handout is also available for free as a PDF download, which you can print on your own.

Additional information

Weight 37.5 oz
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1 in