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ERIC Number: EJ798600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Using a Stimulus Correlated with Reprimands to Suppress Automatically Maintained Eye Poking
McKenzie, Scott D.; Smith, Richard G.; Simmons, Jason N.; Soderlund, Michael J.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v41 n2 p255-259 Sum 2008
A functional analysis indicated that chronic eye poking exhibited by a woman with profound mental retardation persisted in the absence of social contingencies. We initiated a procedure in which a therapist delivered a punisher (mild reprimand) contingent on eye poking in the presence, but not the absence, of a neutral stimulus (wristbands). Subsequently, eye poking was suppressed when the participant wore the wristbands in novel environments without the reprimand contingency. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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