A Study of Verbal and Material Reinforcers and Their Effect on Socially Deprived and Socially Satiated Mental Defectives

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The primary purpose was to determine the relative effects of drive level, degree of mental retardation, and nature of reinforcer on effectiveness of operant conditioning of mentally retarded children. Embodied in the general purpose were the following sub-purposes: 1. To determine if mentally retarded subjects of differing induced drive levels (defined as satiated, nondeprived, and deprived) learn a simple discrimination problem at different rates. 2. To determine if the nature of the reinforcer (social versus material) produces different effects on performance of the task. 3. To determine the extent to which retardates of differing levels of intelligence learn the task. ... continued below

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Waldron, Billy G. August 1965.

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The primary purpose was to determine the relative effects of drive level, degree of mental retardation, and nature of reinforcer on effectiveness of operant conditioning of mentally retarded children. Embodied in the general purpose were the following sub-purposes: 1. To determine if mentally retarded subjects of differing induced drive levels (defined as satiated, nondeprived, and deprived) learn a simple discrimination problem at different rates. 2. To determine if the nature of the reinforcer (social versus material) produces different effects on performance of the task. 3. To determine the extent to which retardates of differing levels of intelligence learn the task. 4. To determine the degree of interaction among the three main treatment variables (drive level, degree of retardation, and nature of reinforcer) simultaneously.

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Waldron, Billy G. A Study of Verbal and Material Reinforcers and Their Effect on Socially Deprived and Socially Satiated Mental Defectives, dissertation, August 1965; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc164218/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .