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How is punishment different from reward? Which works better? Why?

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    The topic has been highly debated, and many philosophers and psychologists have thought about it intensely for ages, but the fact remains that punishment causes the human mind to avoid an action for fear of consequence and reward gives people incentive to do perform an action for the prospect of pleasure. Both are strong stimuli, and each acts in its own way, but both can be used to achieve the same goal. You can tell a child to close a door and threaten him with a consequence, such as a pop on his wrist, if he does not do as he is told. The more severe the consequence, the more likely he is to obey. Conversely, the child would gladly close the door if offered a treat, a piece of chocolate for example, and would do so over and over if the incentive of being given a small amount of pleasure. The larger the reward, the more likely the child is to do as he is told. In any case, the whole question is a moral/philosophical/psychological battleground and it could be argued until the end of time about which is better or more effective without ever achieving a definite answer because of how complex and ambiguous the circumstances are.

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