Definition reproduced by permission from Amanda N. Kelly at Behaviorbabe.
The presentation of a stimulus that increases the future likelihood that a behavior will occur. It is important to note that "positive" does not necessarily mean "good" or "desirable". Examples of positive reinforcement:
- Giving a child a high five after they clean their room and increases the odds that they will clean their room again next time.
- Giving your spouse a massage after they do the dishes, which leads to them doing the dishes more and more in the future.