As a future ABA professional, it is important that you understand how motivating operations and discriminative stimuli effect behavior. When an individual is motivated for something and it is available, behaviors are likely to occur. Motivating operations can be contrived so that reinforcement is valuable. Discrimination training can occur such that an individual understands a stimulus is available when a particular stimulus is present.
- Explain the similarities and differences between motivation operations and discriminative stimuli.
- Give one example of an MO and one example of an SD.
- Based on what you have learned, describe how behavior analysts can contrive MOs to change behavior.