ERIC Number: ED108038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Need for Replications of Key Studies in Covert Conditioning.
Livingston, Roger H.; Elson, Steven E.
There is a considerable body of research that involves covert antecedents and consequences of behavior, and how these factors tend to influence overt behavior. As is frequently the case in new areas of endeavor, overenthusiastic claims have been made for covert conditioning procedures, often based on poorly controlled experiments or clinical observations. Despite these setbacks, however, there appears to be research support for the notion that covert responses can be altered by punishment and reinforcement, and that covert processes do exert an influence on overt behavior. The problems with such support however, is that most of it comes from examination of case studies. It thus becomes apparent that the crucial test of covert conditioning must ultimately come from comparative group studies using clinical problems as dependent variables. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)