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  • 1. How to Save a Princess an analysis of the contingencies involved in mario games andrea mora
  • 2. oh no! the princess has been captured mario you must go save her!
  • 3. well it looks like it’s time to save the princess again but what are the contingencies that motivate mario to save her
  • 4. with all these enemies there must be some strong contingencies in place
  • 5. after: not in danger kill enemy before: in danger being in danger is a very aversive condition so killing enemies is a great escape contingency maintaining the behavior escape
  • 6. to survive you must also get power ups by hitting question blocks so hitting question blocks is reinforced with power ups
  • 7. power ups super mushrooms will make you big and able to break bricks fire flowers will let you throw fireballs super stars will make you invincible
  • 8. the brick is not broken the brick is broken S∆: don’t have power up jump to hit brick SD: have a power up the brick is not broken stimulus discrimination
  • 9. there’s also a fixed ratio of reinforcement for coins for every 100 coins mario gets an extra life
  • 10. now you’ll be able to get through levels. beating each level reinforces mario while allowing him to go on to the next level through behavioral chaining
  • 11. now mario will have to use his new skills to face his biggest challenge yet
  • 12. no sight of bowser falling in lava mario runs when bowser jumps sight of bowser falling in lava mario runs when bowser pretends to jump no sight of bowser falling in lava extinction reinforcement mario is differentially reinforced for timing his running accurately
  • 13. congratulations! princess peach is safe and you’ve discovered the contingencies motivating mario to save his princess