ERIC Number: EJ1036951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Effects of Reinforcer Magnitude and Distribution on Preference for Work Schedules
Ward-Horner, John C.; Pittenger, Alexis; Pace, Gary; Fienup, Daniel M.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v47 n3 p623-627 Fall 2014
When the overall magnitude of reinforcement is matched between 2 alternative work schedules, some students prefer to complete all of their work for continuous access to a reinforcer (continuous work) rather than distributed access to a reinforcer while they work (discontinuous work). We evaluated a student's preference for continuous work by manipulating the overall magnitude of reinforcement associated with continuous work. Preference for continuous work persisted despite a 20% decrease in reinforcer magnitude; however, a 40% decrease in reinforcer magnitude produced a shift in preference to discontinuous work.
Descriptors: Reinforcement, Scheduling, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Effect Size, Behavioral Science Research, Autism
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