ERIC Number: ED108049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Covert Reinforcement: A Replication of an Experimental Test by Wish, Cautela, and Steffen.
Johnson, R. Gilmore; Scheurer, William E., Jr.
The research reported in this document was an attempt to replicate the study by Wish, Cautela, and Steffen, and to test the effects of covert reinforcement on overt behavior. The subjects were 50 college students who were presented the task of estimating the diameter of each circle in a series presented by slide projector. Pre- and post-treatment estimations of the circle size provided the criterion measure. All subjects filled in the Reinforcement Survey Schedule and were assigned to one of five experimental conditions. The major research hypothesis was that differences in mean circle estimation would be greatest for subjects in the covert reinforcement condition. This hypothesis was not supported by the results of this research. While the earlier study found significant differences among treatments, the present replication found no significant differences among treatment conditions or interactions. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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