Operant Conditioning: Underlying Emma's Behavior

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Case 3: The case of Emma
Emma is a 4 year old girl who refuses to follow her parent’s directives when it comes to cleaning her room after she plays with her toys. Her parents have used a time out as a form of punishment but it has not worked. When Emma is asked to clean her room she throws a tantrum. Emma’s tantrum can be defined as:
Throwing toys making a bigger mess

The tantrum ceases after her parents clean her room for her.
Discuss the principles of operant conditioning that are underlying Emma's behavior.
Emma knows that when she doesn’t clean her room and throws a tantrum her parents will still show her affection and attention. She has learned that she will get positive rewards for not doing what she is supposed to

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