Psychologists have argued for years about the advantages and disadvantages of both positive and negative reinforcement when it comes to learning. I’m no Dr. Phil, but I bet they are still trying to figure out which works best. However, as you can see in the video above, Dwight Howard is clearly in the negative reinforcement camp.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Dwight Howard said his because his teammates were riding him about going 9-19 from the free-throw line.

“Well, my teammates said I missed too many free throws tonight,” Howard said. “They were all talking about how my form was great on my jump shot, but on my free throws it wasn’t as great. So, they kind of clowned me with that.”

Checking back on the play-by-play data, Dwight had just missed two free throws, so he went and did 10 pushups. If we figure he’s doing five for every miss, then he owed the team 50 pushups last night. That’s a sure-fire way to fill out some personalized Ed Hardy t-shirts.

Plus, if you figure he’ll miss around 300 freebies this season — he’s been near that mark the last three seasons — that’ll work out to 1,500 pushups by year’s end, not counting what he has to do for practice misses. It’s no wonder he’s got an upper body like me Arnold Schwarzenegger.

(video via Jose3030)