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
behavior analysis, single-case design, levels of analysis, aggregated responding, voting, election turnout
Behavior analytic researchers have used single-case designs to evaluate variables at multiple levels of analysis. In this thesis, three analyses of voter turnout were conducted with single-case design. The first analysis used a multiple-baseline design to evaluate the effect of compulsory voting on voter turnout in parliamentary elections. The second analysis used scatterplots to evaluate the effect of the density of registered voters to polling stations on turnout within constituencies in parliamentary elections. The final analysis used a repeated A-B design to evaluate the effect of the duration of party control on popular vote for nations in which two parties receive the majority of votes. The discussion addresses the future use of these experimental tools with aggregated behaviors produced by groups. Further, the findings are linked to current understandings of behavior principles, which reveal several avenues for future behavior analytic research with political phenomenon and policy.
Lang, Harley, "Employing Single-Case Design to Evaluate Voter Turnout" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 31.
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