The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 3

The Gothowitz Deviation (5 Oct. 2009)

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Sheldon attempts to covertly alter Penny's habits, while Howard and Raj try their luck meeting women at a Goth-style club.

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Now that Leonard and Penny are dating, which means that Penny will be at the guys' apartment more often, Sheldon and Penny have to come to an understanding on how to get along better. Sheldon's approach is to use positive reinforcement, which he plans on using to "train" Penny. Meanwhile, Howard is sporting a new look in preparation for his and Raj's first night out to a goth bar. Miraculously, at the bar, Howard and Raj are picked up by two women named Bethany and Sarah (not that anyone cares about Sarah). The girls take the guys on an outing that may out the guys as being non-goth. Written by Huggo

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The anime that Sheldon, Leonard and Penny are watching is "Oshikuru: Demon Samurai" which is the fictitious cartoon that Charlie wrote the theme song for in Two and a Half Men: The Salmon Under My Sweater (2004). See more »

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Sheldon says that he is using operant conditioning with Penny based on the works of Thorndike and Skinner. While he correctly states that the chocolates are being used as positive reinforcement (giving someone something to increase the likelihood of the behavior) He inaccurately describes mild electric shocks as negative reinforcement (taking away something to increase the likelihood of behavior), when according to Thorndike and Skinners work mild electric shocks would be positive punishment (giving something that would decrease the likelihood of the behavior). See more »

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Penny: [dancing and singing along to the radio] "I'm goin' out tonight / I'm feelin' alright /Gonna let it all hang out / Wanna make some noise really raise my voice / Yeah, I wanna scream and shout. Ah. No-" Morning, Sheldon. Come dance with me.
Sheldon Cooper: No.
Penny: Why not?
Sheldon Cooper: [turns radio off] Penny, while I subscribe to the "Many Worlds" theory which posits the existence of an infinite number of Sheldons in an infinite number of universes, I assure you that in none of them am I dancing.
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First time TV or movies uses behavioral psychology properly.... and quite amusing.
9 October 2009 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

For the first time, BF Skinner is treated with respect. The scientific part of it is accurate in language an application of reinforcement and punishment. ONLY God (sorry!), Sheldon could use it that way.

Sheldon, you can still work biofeedback programed instruction to make Leonard get your dinner right.

I believe that lots of geeky, nerdy people will search for Skinner's works on how to make a pleasant girlfriend but bear in mind.... it works both ways. Pennys of the world can also learn how to shape Sheldon's creepy behaviors.

Being myself a behaviorist I can only cheer for the show to keep it up. (Can I have my chocolate now?).


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