ERIC Number: EJ1176064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Effects of Neutral and Enthusiastic Praise on the Rate of Discrimination Acquisition
Weyman, Jennifer R.; Sy, Jolene R.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v51 n2 p335-344 Spr 2018
Previous research has shown that praise is an effective reinforcer; however, few researchers have evaluated whether qualitative differences in praise affect responding. The purpose of the current study was to compare the effects of neutral, enthusiastic, and no praise on the rate of matching-to-sample acquisition during discrete-trial training with adults diagnosed with autism and an intellectual disability. In addition, we evaluated preference for neutral, enthusiastic, and no praise. All three participants acquired responses slightly faster during the enthusiastic praise condition. Preference assessment results showed that one participant preferred enthusiastic praise, whereas the two other participants showed indiscriminate selections.
Descriptors: Positive Reinforcement, Comparative Analysis, Outcomes of Treatment, Adults, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Preferences, Qualitative Research, Clinical Diagnosis, Teaching Methods, Responses
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