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ERIC Number: ED097125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 11
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Imitation as a Positive Reinforcer for Preschoolers.
Lamal, P.A.; And Others
This study investigated the effect of being imitated on the behavior of preschool children. Twenty-two children were employed in a "marble game," which consisted of dropping a marble into one of three holes in a wooden box. Procedure trials occurred across four phases in an ABAB design: baseline, imitation, reversal, and imitation again. During the two treatment phases, the subject's responses to a randomly predetermined hole was imitated by an adult. A brief verbal description of the act by the adult accompanied the imitation. Analysis of the subjects' responses by means of an analysis-of-variance model for the intrasubject replication design indicated that imitation of a critical response could function as a positive reinforcer to increase response frequency. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 1974)