How did I shape through successive approximation?
I have yet to use rewards in my experiment since I am going by using negative punishment, but if I were to add an element of positive reinforcement I could potentially give my self a small piece of candy every five times I use an alternative word to replace the swear word. For example, every five times I say "fudge" or "shiza" instead of the "f-word" or the "sh-word", I would be rewarded with a piece of candy. The reinforcement, theoretically, over time could shape my language into not using swear words at all. By using this method of reinforcement I would be on a fixed - ratio schedule, but this method would not be very effective for this particular experiment.