Development Learning/Memory

Episode 2: Rewards and Punishments

Do you believe in spanking children to get to them to behave? There is a lot of controversy, discussion and research on this topic. The research points to one strong conclusion: spanking does NOT work. In this episode I discuss the various kinds of rewards and punishments we use to modify our children’s behavior. I address the views and research on this topic near the end of the episode.

Research On the Negative Effects of Spanking





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    February 11, 2007

    I agree with this in many points such as negative outcome of spanking. However, It may be necessary sometimes to put things back in the right order. If we cannot learn it the soft way, we must learn the hard way. Life itself spanks us sometimes to teach us lessons. Spanking has its pros and cons, just like everything else.

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    Sinclair Bagwell

    February 11, 2007

    I don’t agree that that spanking does not work. However, I do not believe that a person should spank their children. In many articles above it states in the article that hitting your kids can lead to aggression later in life and give ruin a parent and child relationship. Punishment by spanking will motivate a child not to do something but it has a negative outcome. Rather using a negative reinforcement than a punishment.

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    Jeremiah Granger

    February 11, 2007

    I think you have a valid point in a lot of what you said. I believe we shouldn’t beat our kids, we should punish them maybe even by whooping ,but not beating but by a few licks to say don’t do that. We all learn from pain, we all touch the pot on the stove and got burned. I’m sure we didn’t turn around and do it again.

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