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ERIC Number: EJ853168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
The Effects of Choice on Self-Control
Dixon, Mark R.; Tibbetts, Pamela A.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n2 p243-252 Sum 2009
Three adolescents with traumatic brain injury performed a physical therapy task in the absence of programmed consequences or duration requirements. Next, the experimenter gave the participants the options of a smaller immediate reinforcer with no response requirement or a larger delayed reinforcer with a response requirement. Self-control training exposed participants to a procedure during which they chose between a smaller immediate reinforcer and a progressively increasing delayed reinforcer whose values varied and were determined by a die roll. The participants chose whether they or the experimenter rolled the die. All participants initially demonstrated low baseline durations of the physical therapy task, chose the smaller immediate reinforcer during the choice baseline, and changed their preference to the larger delayed reinforcer during self-control training. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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