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
Choice, preference, resistance to change, concurrent chains design
Preference for situations containing two or more response options, called free choice situations, have been observed in humans and nonhumans. However, basic and applied studies have also identified instances in which preference for situations containing only a single option, called restricted choice situations, is present, in addition to situations where no clear preference is identifiable. In the current study, adult participants earned points for playing a chance-based computer game where they selected between free or restricted choice situations. Once a participant’s preference, or lack thereof, was identified, an attempt was made to alter preference through manipulating points for a particular choice situation. Implications for the research in relation to a behavior analytic conceptualization of choice and preference are discussed along with limitations and potential modifications.
Marrer, Craig A., "Choice, Preference, and Response Durability" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 30.