Evaluating inhibitory stimulus control
William H. Ahearn, Julie S. Weiss
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, reinforcing efficacy, progressive-ratio (PR), high-preference (HP), low-preference (LP)
Reinforcement (Psychology), Social interaction
Although research has been conducted on methods to increase the reinforcing efficacy of low-preference items such as edibles and leisure items, little research has been conducted on methods to increase the reinforcing efficacy of low-preference personnel. We first identified high-preference (HP) and low-preference (LP) personnel for two participants with developmental disabilities through a paired-stimulus preference assessment. A progressive-ratio (PR) assessment on HP and LP personnel was then conducted to determine relative reinforcing values. Through use of descriptive assessment, we then identified social interaction styles of the HP personnel and taught the LP personnel to behave similarly during the PR assessments through the use of training with video models. For both participants we demonstrated an increase in reinforcing value of the LP personnel. Implications and potential are discussed.
DeLisle, Dewey, "Increasing the reinforcing efficacy of low-preference teachers and caretakers for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 85. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001213
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