ERIC Number: EJ872845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
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Reference Count: 77
Delayed Reinforcement of Operant Behavior
Lattal, Kennon A.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v93 n1 p129-139 Jan 2010
The experimental analysis of delay of reinforcement is considered from the perspective of three questions that seem basic not only to understanding delay of reinforcement but also, by implication, the contributions of temporal relations between events to operant behavior. The first question is whether effects of the temporal relation between responses and reinforcers can be isolated from other features of the environment that often accompany delays, such as stimuli or changes in the temporal distribution or rate of reinforcement. The second question is that of the effects of delays on operant behavior. Beyond the common denominator of a temporal separation between reinforcers and the responses that produce them, delay of reinforcement procedures differ from one another along several dimensions, making delay effects circumstance dependent. The final question is one of interpreting delay of reinforcement effects. It centers on the role of the response-reinforcer temporal relation in the context of other, concurrently operating behavioral processes.
Descriptors: Reinforcement, Operant Conditioning, Delay of Gratification, Experimental Psychology, Behavior Modification, Responses, Time
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