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ERIC Number: EJ897941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9401
Defining Delayed Consequences as Reinforcers: Some Do, Some Don't, and Nothing Changes
Bradley, Kelly P.; Poling, Alan
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v26 p41-49 2010
Results of a survey sent to members of the editorial boards of five behavior-analytic journals in 1990 indicated that there was no consensus among respondents with respect to whether delayed events can function as reinforcers (Schlinger, Blakely, Fillhard, & Poling, 1991). Since that time, several studies with nonhuman animals have demonstrated that events delayed by at least several seconds can increase the probability of occurrence of the responses that produce them. To determine the relative number of contemporary behavior analysts who nonetheless believe that reinforcers must immediately follow the responses that produce them, the present study replicated the procedures used by Schlinger et al., with similar results. That is, respondents did not agree with respect to whether delayed events could be reinforcers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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