Date of Award

8-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.

Department

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

College

School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Benjamin N. Witts

Second Advisor

Michele Traub

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Gambling, Adjunctive Behavior, Schedule-Induced Behavior, Concurrent Consumption

Abstract

Problem gambling is a burden to the individual gambler and society. Efforts to study the development of problem gambling are thus socially important. Consumption has been demonstrated to have a relation with increased gambling persistence, but little research has been done on concurrent consumption and gambling. Schedule-induced behavior, or adjunctive behavior, may provide a possible means to study concurrent consumption and gambling. In an effort to better understand factors that might contribute to problem gambling, four experiments were conducted that involved manipulations of a simulated slot machine with concurrent access to food and non-alcoholic drink. All experiments consisted of two, approximately 30-minute, sessions. Experiment 1 had six participants complete the same win conditions across sessions. Experiment 2 had six participants complete different win conditions across sessions. Experiment 3 had six participants complete the same win conditions across sessions, while the simulation played on its own. Experiment 4 had six participants complete two sessions of the same win conditions, but with light sequences that were altered across sessions. While participants did not display the characteristic pattern of schedule-induced behavior in a molecular win-to-win analysis, other molar session-wide patterns emerged with regards to consumption and grooming. Implications for human schedule-induced behavior and gambling research are discussed.

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