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Reading Speed and Comprehension as a Function of Levels of Passage Difficulty Utilizing Both a Traditional and an Operant Conditioning Approach.
Smith, Cyrus Findlay, Jr. – 1976
In order to investigate the effect of experimenter-controlled reading speeds on the literal comprehension of multilevel reading passages and to assess the effects of operant-regulated, or self-regulated, conditions on reading speed, these two studies sampled a total of 400 eighth graders. Two passages, originally written at the eighth-grade level,…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 8, Operant Conditioning
The Relative Effectiveness of Systematic Desensitization and Hypnosis in Alleviating Test Anxiety in Community College Students.
Simmons, Roy D., Jr. – 1976
In order to determine whether or not systematic desensitization or hypnosis have any effect in alleviating the test anxiety of community college students, 30 Massasoit Community College student volunteers were matched for GPA and assigned to one of three treatment groups: (1) a systematic desensitization group, in which subjects listened to tape…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Behavior Change, Community Colleges, Desensitization
The Development and Implementation of an Applied Psychology Course Utilizing Behavior Modification Procedures to Supplement a Community College Reading Program for Open Enrollment Students.
Kahn, Gloria Batkin – 1975
This study attempted to assess the effect of behavior modification techniques on community college open enrollment students with severe educational deficits. Of 30 suburban New York members of a reading class, half were exposed to direct teaching, instructor praise, peer partners, self and peer ratings, role playing, Premack contracts,…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Behavioral Science Research, Community Colleges, Doctoral Dissertations
Phillips, Robert H. – 1975
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of behavior modification on enhancing the self-esteem of low-income Black and Puerto Rican elementary school children. Social reinforcement in the form of teacher praise was given to students who made any legitimate positive statements about themselves. The reinforcement was designed to…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Black Students, Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary School Students