Progressing from programmatic to discovery research: A case example with the overjustification effect

Henry S. Roane, Wayne W. Fisher, Erin M. McDonough

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Abstract

Scientific research progresses along planned (programmatic research) and unplanned (discovery research) paths. In the current investigation, we attempted to conduct a single-case evaluation of the overjustification effect (i.e., programmatic research). Results of the initial analysis were contrary to the overjustification hypothesis in that removal of the reward contingency produced an increase in responding. Based on this unexpected finding, we conducted subsequent analyses to further evaluate the mechanisms underlying these results (i.e., discovery research). Results of the additional analyses suggested that the reward contingency functioned as punishment (because the participant preferred the task to the rewards) and that withdrawal of the contingency produced punishment contrast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Behavioral contrast
  • Discovery research
  • Overjustification
  • Punishment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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