Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
behavior, preference, reinforcement, assessment, validity
This study examined the correspondence between preference for systematically differing magnitudes of edible stimuli and relative progressive ratio (PR) breakpoints. A primary MSWO preference assessment was used to rank eight different edible items. Next, a secondary MSWO preference assessment determined preference for 0.5, 2, and 10 g of HP and LP items. Following a baseline phase, 0.5, 2, and 10 g of both the HP and LP items (i.e., six stimuli total) were tested individually under PR reinforcer assessment administrations. In contrast to previous research, there was not a direct correspondence between preference and PR breakpoints. In addition, HP stimuli did not consistently produce higher breakpoints when compared to LP stimuli, irrespective of magnitude.
Linn, Trista L., "Consideration of Reinforcer Magnitude with Respect to Preference and Reinforcer Assessment Outcomes" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 16.