Multiple schedules in practical application: Research trends and implications for future investigation

Valdeep Saini, Scott A. Miller, Wayne W. Fisher

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

35 Scopus citations


Researchers began studying multiple schedules in basic laboratories, but recent advances have extended research on multiple schedules to a wide variety of socially significant applications, especially during the last decade. Applied researchers have used multiple schedules to (a) promote stimulus control over high-rate appropriate behaviors, (b) thin the schedule of reinforcement following functional communication training, and (c) obtain stimulus control over problem behaviors maintained by automatic reinforcement. In the current paper, we reviewed 31 studies with 147 applications identified through a search of the applied literature on multiple schedules. Using these studies, we (a) reviewed the empirical literature on multiple schedules, (b) recommended multiple-schedule procedures that serve as best practice guidelines for applied behavior analysts, (c) identified the generality and boundaries of current knowledge about the effectiveness of multiple schedules, and (d) critically analyzed the literature to provide directions for future multiple-schedule research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-444
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2016


  • discrimination training
  • multiple schedules
  • reinforcement-schedule thinning
  • reviews
  • stimulus control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Multiple schedules in practical application: Research trends and implications for future investigation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this