Comparing preference assessments: Selection- versus duration-based preference assessment procedures

Tiffany Kodak, Wayne W. Fisher, Michael E. Kelley, April Kisamore

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In the current investigation, the results of a selection- and a duration-based preference assessment procedure were compared. A Multiple Stimulus With Replacement (MSW) preference assessment [Windsor, J., Piché, L. M., & Locke, P. A. (1994). Preference testing: A comparison of two presentation methods. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 15, 439-455] and a variation of a Free-Operant (FO) preference assessment procedure [Roane, H. S., Vollmer, T. R., Ringdahl, J. E., & Marcus, B. A. (1998). Evaluation of a brief stimulus preference assessment. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 31, 605-620] were conducted with four participants. A reinforcer assessment was conducted to determine which preference assessment procedure identified the item that produced the highest rates of responding. The items identified as most highly preferred were different across preference assessment procedures for all participants. Results of the reinforcer assessment showed that the MSW identified the item that functioned as the most effective reinforcer for two participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1068-1077
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Concurrent operants
  • Preference assessment
  • Reinforcer assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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