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ERIC Number: EJ798589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Assessing Potency of High- and Low-Preference Reinforcers with Respect to Response Rate and Response Patterns
Penrod, Becky; Wallace, Michele D.; Dyer, Edwin J.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v41 n2 p177-188 Sum 2008
Previous research has suggested that the availability of high-preference stimuli may override the reinforcing efficacy of concurrently available low-preference stimuli under relatively low schedule requirements (e.g., fixed-ratio 1 schedule). It is unknown if similar effects would be obtained under higher schedule requirements. Thus, the current study compared high-preference and low-preference reinforcers under progressively increasing schedule requirements. Results for 3 of the 4 participants indicated that high-preference stimuli maintained responding under higher schedule requirements relative to low-preference stimuli. For 1 participant, high-preference and low-preference stimuli were demonstrated to be equally effective reinforcers under increasing schedule requirements. Implications with respect to rate of performance and response patterns are discussed. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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