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ERIC Number: EJ854694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Effects of Systematically Depriving Access to Computer-Based Stimuli on Choice Responding with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Reyer, Howard S.; Sturmey, Peter
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n6 p1177-1187 Nov-Dec 2009
Three adults with intellectual disabilities participated to investigate the effects of reinforcer deprivation on choice responding. The experimenter identified the most preferred audio-visual (A-V) stimulus and the least preferred visual-only stimulus for each participant. Participants did not have access to the A-V stimulus for 5 min, 5 and 24 h. Following deprivation, responses produced 1-s access to either stimulus on a concurrent continuous reinforcement continuous reinforcement schedule. A combination multi-element/multiple-baseline-across-participants design showed that two participants emitted fewer responses for the preferred A-V stimulus following 5-min deprivation relative to 5- and 24-h deprivation. Higher values of deprivation did not increase the proportion of choice responses allocated to the A-V stimulus for any participant and could be attributed to preference shifts during the study. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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