1. Education

Discuss in my forum

What Is a Fixed-Ratio Schedule?

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de Guide

Fixed ratio

Collecting a specific number of points or tokens in a video game in order to receive a reward is an example of a fixed-ratio schedule of reinforcement.

Image by Jeremiah Castro

In operant conditioning, a fixed-ratio schedule is a schedule of reinforcement where a response is reinforced only after a specified number of responses. This schedule produces a high, steady rate of responding with only a brief pause after the delivery of the reinforcer.


  • Results in high, steady responding until the reinforcement is delivered
  • Best used when learning a new behavior
  • Leads to a brief response pause after reinforcement, but responding quickly resumes


  • Production Line Work: Workers at a widget factory are paid for every 15 widgets they make. This results in a high production rate and workers tend to take few breaks. It can, however, lead to burnout and lower-quality work

  • Collecting Tokens in a Video Game: In many video games, you have to collection so many tokens, object, or points in order to receive some type of reward.

More Psychology Definitions: The Psychology Dictionary

Browse the Psychology Dictionary

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Related Articles
  • What Is Reinforcement?
  • Reinforcement in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applications of Operant Conditioning - Psychology
Kendra Cherry

Kendra Cherry
Psychology Guide

  • Sign up for My Newsletter
See More About
  • operant conditioning
  • behaviorism
Top Related Searches psychology dictionary schedule of reinforcement fixed ratio reinforcer definitions

2022 black-rose-bielefeld.de. All rights reserved.