Reinforc-er, -ment-, -ing

Reinforcing/Punishing (adjective) – the property of a stimulus.

Note; this is not reinforcer/punisher (noun), which describes the intent of the consequence used.

My interpretation; It is not describing what the consequence is, its describing the property (or effect) it has in that set of circumstances (internal environment of the learner as well as external environment).

If the behaviour did not decrease in some way (duration, frequency etc) then the consequence did not have punishing properties for the target behaviour. If the behaviour did not increase in some way (duration, frequency etc) then the consequence did not have reinforcing properties for the target behaviour.

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