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February 8th, 2008 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Feb. 8th, 2008

12:47 pm - What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage

What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage

I followed the students to SeaWorld San Diego, where a dolphin trainer introduced me to least reinforcing syndrome (L. R. S.). When a dolphin does something wrong, the trainer doesn’t respond in any way. He stands still for a few beats, careful not to look at the dolphin, and then returns to work. The idea is that any response, positive or negative, fuels a behavior. If a behavior provokes no response, it typically dies away.

In the margins of my notes I wrote, “Try on Scott!”

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