Comparing Response Frequency and Response Effort in Reinforcer Assessments with Children with Autism

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Reinforcer assessments have largely relied on the use of progressive ratio (PR) schedules to identify stimuli that function as reinforcers. PR schedules evaluate the reinforcing efficacy of a stimulus by measuring the number of responses produced in order to access a stimulus as the number of required responses increases. The current evaluation extends the literature on reinforcer assessments by measuring responding under a progressive force (PF) schedule, in addition to progressive ratio requirements. We compared responding under PR and PF schedules with two children with autism using a multielement design embedded within a reversal experimental design. Results were mixed and ... continued below

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Litvin, Melanie Ann May 2016.

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Reinforcer assessments have largely relied on the use of progressive ratio (PR) schedules to identify stimuli that function as reinforcers. PR schedules evaluate the reinforcing efficacy of a stimulus by measuring the number of responses produced in order to access a stimulus as the number of required responses increases. The current evaluation extends the literature on reinforcer assessments by measuring responding under a progressive force (PF) schedule, in addition to progressive ratio requirements. We compared responding under PR and PF schedules with two children with autism using a multielement design embedded within a reversal experimental design. Results were mixed and implications for further development of reinforcer assessment methods (particularly PF schedules) are discussed.

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Litvin, Melanie Ann. Comparing Response Frequency and Response Effort in Reinforcer Assessments with Children with Autism, thesis, May 2016; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc849638/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .