Operant-contingency-based preparation of children for functional magnetic resonance imaging

Keith J. Slifer, Kristine L. Koontz, Michael F. Cataldo

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Abstract

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to study brain function during behavioral tasks. The participation of pediatric subjects is problematic because reliable task performance and control of head movement are simultaneously required. Differential reinforcement decreased head motion and improved vigilance task performance in 4 children (2 with behavioral disorders) undergoing simulated fMRI scans. Results show that behavior analysis techniques can improve child cooperation during fMRI procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Behavioral pediatrics
  • Differential reinforcement
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Motion control
  • Performance accuracy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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