Social vs. non-social ephemeral conditioned reinforcers
D. Daniel Gould
Karen E. Gould, William L. Holcomb
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, autism, conditioned, ephemeral, non-social, reinforcers, social
A preference assessment was conducted to identify highly preferred edible stimuli, followed by a reinforcer assessment to verify that the highly preferred edible stimuli functioned as reinforcers. The reinforcer assessment also evaluated the reinforcing properties of social ephemeral stimuli (verbal praise) and a non-social ephemeral stimulus (TAG). A pairing procedure was then evaluated to determine if social ephemeral and/or non-social ephemeral stimuli could be successfully conditioned as positive reinforcers. Three children diagnosed with autism participated in the study. The initial reinforcer assessment verified that neither praise nor TAG functioned as reinforcers. Results of a post-pairing reinforcer probe indicated that the pairing procedure was unsuccessful in establishing or strengthening social ephemeral and non-social ephemeral stimuli as conditioned reinforcers for two of the three participants.
Michael E. Insalata
Insalata, Michael E., "Social ephemeral vs. non-social ephemeral conditioned reinforcers" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 73. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001177
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