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Lecture 1: Basic concepts

Both reinforcement and punishment can be manipulated by adding or removing fortune or mishap.

Motivation and decision-making

Now we begin the fourth session, which will focus on the issues of motivation and decision-making of dental patients. After this class, you will learn some basic concepts regarding motivation and reward, and identify the role of these concepts in dental care.

In this step, we will mainly talk about the ‘ultimate’ human behaviour, i.e., should I go to the dentist today or next week?

Does it matter?
Of course, Patients’ choices and decisions do matter!

We know that patients have different memory and emotion toward dental treatment. They often feel scared of dental treatment. However, the most important thing is that they decide to see the dentist.

Therefore, as a dentist, it’s our job to do more things to help patients feel satisfied and avoid doing things too risky.

What’s your suggestion? By telling them the pros and cons? Giving them more information?

Please share your ideas with us!

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