natural contingencies

Behaviors that occur naturally in everyday situations lead to logically related consequences, such as natural reinforcers, from both the social and non-social aspects of the environment. For instance, if a toddler yells “mommy!” when they have awoken from a nap, and mom goes into the child’s room, a natural contingency has occurred whereby mom’s entering of the room to attend to the child is contingent on a certain communicative behavior by the child.