Julie S. Weiss
Paula Braga-Kenyon, Karen E. Gould
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.
psychology, behavioral, conditioned reinforcement, pairing, preference assessment, reinforcement, reinforcer assessment, social stimuli
Sensory reinforcement, Social interaction - Psychological aspects
The current study was conducted to assess the reinforcing effects of social stimuli on responding, and through the use of a pairing procedure, establish previously neutral social stimuli as reinforcers. An edible reinforcer was identified through a preference assessment and was validated through a reinforcer assessment. Two social stimuli, vocal praise and back pats, were also assessed to detect any pre-pairing procedure effects of these stimuli on responding. A pairing procedure was then implemented with the social stimuli to determine if either stimulus could be conditioned to serve as an effective social reinforcer. One child, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), participated in the current study. The social stimuli were not effective reinforcers prior to the pairing procedure, but both stimuli were conditioned as effective reinforcers for responding after pairing procedures were implemented. The implications of the current study's results and directions for future research are discussed, such as new methods for establishing conditioned reinforcers and the number of pairings required to condition reinforcers.
Amanda J. Murray
Murray, Amanda J., "Reinforcing effects of social stimuli on responding after implementation of a pairing procedure" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 47. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000974
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