Evaluating the reinforcing effects of choice in comparison to reinforcement rate

Rachel H. Thompson, Wayne W. Fisher, Stephanie A. Contrucci

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A concurrent-operants arrangement was used to evaluate a boy's preference for a choice condition (in which he chose the reinforcement) over a no-choice condition (in which the therapist selected the reinforcement for him) when (a) these conditions produced equal rates of reinforcement and (b) lower rates of reinforcement were associated with the choice condition. The boy preferred the choice condition even when it resulted in a much less favorable rate of reinforcement than the no-choice condition (up to 4000% less).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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