The use of an escape contingency and a token economy to increase food acceptance

Sung Woo Kahng, James H. Boscoe, Shannon Byrne

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Abstract

Escape (termination of a meal) and token-based differential reinforcement of alternative behavior were used as reinforcement to increase acceptance of food. Using a changing criterion design, the number of bites accepted and consumed was gradually increased to 15 bites per meal. These data suggest that, in some cases, escape may be a potent reinforcer for food acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Escape
  • Food acceptance
  • Food refusal
  • Negative reinforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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