Reinforcement Theory

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Reinforcement theory is a limited effects media model applicable within the realm of communication.

The theory generally states that people seek out and remember information that provides cognitive support for their pre-existing attitudes and beliefs. The main assumption that guides this theory is that people do not like to be wrong and often feel uncomfortable when their beliefs are challenged.

Quite simply, this theory notes that a behavior will continue with a certain level of frequency based on pleasant or unpleasant results.


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