On the correspondence between preference assessment outcomes and progressive-ratio schedule assessments of stimulus value

Iser G. DeLeon, Michelle A. Frank, Meagan K. Gregory, Melissa J. Allman

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Abstract

The current study examined whether stimuli of different preference levels would be associated with different amounts of work maintained by the stimuli, as determined through progressive-ratio schedule break points. Using a paired-choice preference assessment, stimuli were classified as high, moderate, or low preference for 4 individuals with developmental disabilities. The stimuli were then tested three times each using a progressive-ratio schedule (step size of 1; the break-point criterion was 1 min). In 10 of 12 possible comparisons, higher preference stimuli produced larger break points than did lower preference stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-733
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Progressive-ratio schedules
  • Reinforcer assessment
  • Stimulus preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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