I've been thinking about positive reinforcement occasionally, and I've always found myself wondering about various things that can influence it.
So, I'm looking for information (results of empirical studies) about the variables affecting positive reinforcement, in hopes of finding answers to my questions and questions that I haven't even thought of, such as:
- How does knowing what the positive stimulus is for affect the change? What happens if I did two things, and I don't know which one of them led to the positive stimulus? e.g. I solved a math problem and won some game, and then I received a prize, and I don't know for which one of these things
What happens If (as far as I'm concerned) I did nothing, and then I receive a prize?
If I receive a prize for something I did an hour earlier, for example, will it still change my behavior?
Does receiving a prize while I do a task has a stronger effect? weaker?
Any other interesting questions (as well as answers to them) are welcome
(And since someone is probably going to make a few changes and add tags - thank you and forgive me. English is not my native language, and I don't have much of a background in psychology)