Background: “My Case Study”:
It had been awhile since I had watched it, but a few years ago I watched an episode of the Big Bang Theory titled The Gothowitz Deviation that I thought was absolutely hilarious (as are all of them). In this particular episode, Sheldon begins feeding Penny chocolates whenever she behaves well. He is positively reinforcing her good behavior, and goes on to say that he is applying mild operant conditioning. Leonard is furious at this, and tells Sheldon he is forbidden from continuing to do this to Penny. Sheldon refuses and squirts Leonard in the face with a squirt bottle, a form of negative reinforcement (Aronsohn, Rosenstock, & Cendrowski, 2009).
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My rationale is that in high school children who receive good grades are positively reinforced to believe that they are studying correctly by being rewarded with praise from their teachers. This means that the most intelligent students may believe that they have the correct methods for success in college. Unfortunately, as every college student will tell you it isn’t what you come in to college knowing, but how you achieved what you know that will be the best predictor of college GPA.
Testing My Hypothesis:
In order to test this hypothesis, we would need to analyze a large sample group of 50 people who got grades of a 4.0 GPA in high school, and compare those grades to their first midterm college GPA (dependent variable). To sharpen the focus, we could also limit it to only people who were in 3+ extracurricular activities in high school who had less time to study. We would then interview them on how much they studied per day in high school, and compare it to how much they study per day in college. A student who studied less than 3 hours a night in high school and had a 4.0 GPA would be the ideal candidate.
Seeing a significant decrease to less than 3.5 college GPA in people who had a 4.0 GPA in high school who didn’t study greater than 3 hours a night in either circumstance would support the hypothesis. Seeing an average GPA of greater than 3.5 for the first college midterm of people who did not study greater than 3...