D. Daniel Gould
Karen E. Gould, Pamela M. Olsen
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.
behavioral sciences, autism, conditioned reinforcer, social reinforcer
Autistic children, Praise - Case studies
Social consequences, such as praise, do not function as reinforcers for many individuals with autism. The current study replicated the procedures of Gibson (2009) in order to condition 2 social stimuli, verbal praise and thumbs up, as reinforcers for a 3-year-old boy with autism. Two procedures, stimulus-stimulus pairing and a discriminative stimulus procedure, were evaluated. The stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure involved delivering the to-be-conditioned stimulus and immediately following it with a known reinforcer. The discriminative stimulus procedure involved establishing the to-be-conditioned stimulus as discriminative for a response that produced the same known reinforcer. Results indicated that the stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure was ineffective, while the discriminative stimulus procedure effectively conditioned both social stimuli as reinforcers.
Catherine R. Hinckley
Hinckley, Catherine R., "Determining the reinforcing value of social consequences and establishing social consequences as reinforcers: a replication" (2010). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 25. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000288
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