D. Daniel Gould
Karen E. Gould, Pamela M. Olsen
Date of Award
Master of Applied Behavior Analysis
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.
psychology, behavioral, conditioned reinforcement, pairing, SD, social consequences, social praise
Praise, Reinforcement (Psychology), Developmental disabilities - Psychological aspects
Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology
Social praise is generally considered to be a conditioned reinforcer. However, many children with developmental disabilities do not respond to social stimuli as a typically developing child would. The present study replicated the procedures of Gibson (2009) to establish 2 social consequences, back pats and verbal praise, as conditioned reinforcers for a 3-year-old boy with autism. Both a stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure and an SD procedure were evaluated. In the stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure, the delivery of the social stimulus was immediately followed by the delivery of the primary reinforcer. In the SD procedure, the social stimulus was established as a discriminative stimulus for the primary reinforcer. The results indicated that neither the stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure nor the SD procedure effectively conditioned the social stimuli as reinforcers.
Erin D. Olsen
Olsen, Erin D., "Determining the reinforcing value of social consequences and establishing social consequences as reinforcers: a replication" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 68. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001171
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