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    I'm sure i've learnt about a theory or something regarding when someone is repeatedly told (for example) that they are going to do well in a test they perform better than those who aren't told it?

    Its really hard to search for journals to use in my essay when i can't remember what its called...
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    positive reinforcement, perhaps? i get the feeling it's not that, but something similar. :/
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    could it be the reinforcement Theory of Motivation by B.F. skinner...?
    you know...when individuals get a positive feedback on what they are doing, they get more motivation to do it better the next time then individuals who get a negative feedback...
    could that be what you are looking for?
    ofc this theory is more about being able to change behavior...
    (could be that it's only called reinforcement theory...not sure)
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    Yeap it's positive reinforcement (operant conditioning)
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    It is positive reinforcement however, if I took a quick guess I would say the 'Halo effect' from Sociology.
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    (Original post by Inspire1)
    I'm sure i've learnt about a theory or something regarding when someone is repeatedly told (for example) that they are going to do well in a test they perform better than those who aren't told it?

    Its really hard to search for journals to use in my essay when i can't remember what its called...
    Self-fulfilling prophecy?


    Positive reinforcement is when the consequence comes after the behaviour is produced. In this case, it would be if (for example), the student did well in a mock exam, and the teacher praised them, so they work harder to do well in the real exam. Since this is not happening, it can't be operant conditioning.
 
 
 
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