Using intensive reinforcement for developing intellectual abilities

Glen M. Sizemore gmsizemore2 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 22 18:26:45 EST 2004


Oleg: 1. Because all, who taste it, prefer brain stimulation to any
conventional one.
The experiment with the robo-rat would be impossible, if it were
directed conventionally.

GS: I'm not sure that the first is true. I don't see the "robo-rat" thing as
relevant to training human children. There were certain logistical aspects
of the robo-rat problem that made ESB attractive. Still, with the right
training regimen one could reinforce long segments of behavior with
conditioned reinforcers. The whole "robo-rat" thing could have been done
with a couple of small tone gemerators mounted on a small collar around the
rats neck. There is not a single thing new about the robo-rat stuff except
the small electronics. Otherwise, its 1950 technology, with basic behavioral
principles. It's hype.

Oleg: 2. Certainly.

GS: Well, to some extent, that contradicts what you seemed to say earlier.

Oleg: 3 / 4 Do you want to say that there is not novelty in my idea?

GS: Pretty much so. It is 1950s technology, and basic knowledge of the
definition of reinforcement and punishment. And there's no need to use it -
ESB, that is.

Oleg: I.e. that it all can be founded in the works of behaviouralists. Must
be.

GS: Once again, all of the scientific knowledge necessary for what you say
was known by 1956. And, yes, many people have suggested exactly what you did
(although somewhat tongue-in-cheek).

Sincerely,

Glen

"Oleg" <ingenuous at mail.ru> wrote in message





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