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
Benjamin N. Witts
Kimberly A. Schulze
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Ethology, Descriptive Assessments
Sign-tracking is a counterintuitive response that occurs when a signal stimulus is paired with reinforcement. Sign- and goal-tracking studies have been replicated across several species including pigeons, rats, quail, and cuttlefish. To date, no sign-tracking studies with the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (MHC) are in the literature. Replicating sign-tracking studies with this new species is essential to an understanding how this counter-intuitive behavior occurs, particularly in invertebrate species like the MHC. To establish research on MHC sign- and goal-tracking, however, will first require ethological studies to identify potential dependent variables that indicate MHC responses to meaningful versus neutral stimuli. This study identifies the response topography of consummatory behavior in the MHC, for use with future studies.
Harri-Dennis, Elizabeth A., "Antennal Depression as a Consummatory Response in the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 32.