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ERIC Number: EJ776881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Evaluating the Influence of Postsession Reinforcement on Choice of Reinforcers
Kodak, Tiffany; Lerman, Dorothea C.; Call, Nathan
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v40 n3 p515-527 Fall 2007
Factors that influence reinforcer choice have been examined in a number of applied studies (e.g., Neef, Mace, Shea, & Shade, 1992; Shore, Iwata, DeLeon, Kahng, & Smith, 1997; Tustin, 1994). However, no applied studies have evaluated the effects of postsession reinforcement on choice between concurrently available reinforcers, even though basic findings indicate that this is an important factor to consider (Hursh, 1978; Zeiler, 1999). In this bridge investigation, we evaluated the influence of postsession reinforcement on choice of two food items when task responding was reinforced on progressive-ratio schedules. Participants were 3 children who had been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Results indicated that response allocation shifted from one food item to the other food item under thinner schedules of reinforcement when no postsession reinforcement was provided. These findings suggest that the efficacy of instructional programs or treatments for problem behavior may be improved by restricting reinforcers outside treatment sessions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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