Effects of increased response effort and reinforcer delay on choice and aberrant behavior

Michelle M. Gwinn, K. Mark Derby, Wayne Fisher, Patricia Kurtz, Angela Fahs, Mary Augustine, T. F. McLaughlin

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Abstract

A four-phase investigation was completed to analyze the utility of forced-choice preference assessments when response effort and reinforcer delays are altered within a subsequent reinforcer assessment. The results indicated that access to highly preferred stimuli continued to serve as a reinforcer when increased response effort was required. When reinforcer delay was increased, the utility of preferred stimuli to serve as a reinforcer was variable. Despite stimuli continuing to serve as reinforcers for academic task engagement, increased response effort and reinforcer delay resulted in an increased level of aberrant behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-652
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Modification
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • Matching law
  • Reinforcer assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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