Positive and Negative Reinforcement, A Distinction That Is No Longer Necessary; Or A Better Way to Talk About Bad Things

  title={Positive and Negative Reinforcement, A Distinction That Is No Longer Necessary; Or A Better Way to Talk About Bad Things},
  author={J. Joseph Edward Michale},
  journal={Journal of Organizational Behavior Management},
  pages={207 - 222}
  • J. Michale
  • Published 29 July 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
(2005). Positive and Negative Reinforcement, A Distinction That Is No Longer Necessary; Or A Better Way to Talk About Bad Things. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management: Vol. 24, No. 1-2, pp. 207-222. 

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  • B. Iwata
  • Psychology
    The Behavior analyst
  • 2006
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