ERIC Number: ED212114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On the Neglected Art of "Thinning" Reinforcers.
Katz, Roger C.; Vinciguerra, Paul
A single case alternating treatment design was used to investigate interactions between reinforcement scheduling and the information that accompanies a shift from a high to lower density of reinforcement with a 12 year old emotionally disturbed boy. Results showed that the informational variables exerted functional control over behavior, with the best maintenance produced by messages that stressed personal competence. The results also underscore the role of cognitive variables in the thinning process. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Case Studies, Emotional Disturbances, Feedback, Reinforcement, Self Esteem
Roger C. Katz, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95211.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 9-12, 1981).