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ERIC Number: EJ886964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Matching in an Undisturbed Natural Human Environment
McDowell, J. J.; Caron, Marcia L.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v93 n3 p415-433 May 2010
Data from the Oregon Youth Study, consisting of the verbal behavior of 210 adolescent boys determined to be at risk for delinquency (targets) and 210 of their friends (peers), were analyzed for their conformance to the complete family of matching theory equations in light of recent findings from the basic science, and using recently developed analytic techniques. Equations of the classic and modern theories of matching were fitted as ensembles to rates and time allocations of the boys' rule-break and normative talk obtained from conversations between pairs of boys. The verbal behavior of each boy in a conversation was presumed to be reinforced by positive social responses from the other boy. Consistent with recent findings from the basic science, the boys' verbal behavior was accurately described by the modern but not the classic theory of matching. These findings also add support to the assertion that basic principles and processes that are known to govern behavior in laboratory experiments also govern human social behavior in undisturbed natural environments. (Contains 3 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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