Aversive versus +Punisher

A gem from Susan Friedman while we were discussing why pressure is not necessarily aversive; we are not aiming for our training sessions to be all +R, we are aiming for them to be fear free.

This was part of a huge discussion on aversives and why pressure is not aversive, depending on how you use it. Often pressure has been taught to be aversive to the learner so we have to work with that, meaning we can’t be working with +R while we re-teach how we will use pressure and that it will be information, not a ‘do it or else’. Then we can be training without aversives.

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