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Which of the following statements is true about operant conditioning

A) Neither partial nor continuous reinforcement leads to behaviors that will persist for long periods of time.B) Continuous reinforcement leads to behaviors that will persist longer than behavior learned through partial reinforcement.C) Partial reinforcement leads to behaviors that will persist longer than behavior learned through continuous reinforcement.D) Continuous reinforcement and partial reinforcement lead to behaviors that persist for equally long periods of time.


Answer: CRationale: One general characteristic of schedules of reinforcement is that partially reinforced responses tend to be very persistent. Organisms that have been conditioned under partial reinforcement resist extinction longer than those conditioned under continuous reinforcement. This is known as the partial reinforcement effect.