The Effects Of Establishing Operations On Preferences For Tangible Items

Lindens Neurobehavioral Stabilization Program.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (Impact Factor: 1.19). 02/2005; 38(1):107-10. DOI: 10.1901/jaba.2005.112-03
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Researchers have demonstrated that both deprivation and satiation can affect the outcome of preference assessments for food. In the current study, paired-stimulus preference assessments for tangible items were conducted under three conditions: control, deprivation, and satiation. Three persons with developmental disabilities and 3 typically developing preschool children served as participants. The results demonstrated that deprivation and satiation influenced the outcome of preference assessments of leisure items or toys.

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    • "During satiation, the reinforcing effectiveness of the stimulus momentarily decreases as does the frequency of behaviors that have produced that stimulus as a consequence. Satiation and deprivation can influence preference rank (e.g., Gottschalk et al. 2000; McAdam et al. 2005) and impact the effectiveness of common reinforcers. For example, Vollmer and Iwata (1991) examined rates of simple responses under conditions of deprivation and satiation for food, activities, and attention. "
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    • "Catter, & Neidert, 2000; DeLeon, Iwata, Goh, & Worsdell, 1997; Gottschalk, Libby, & Graff, 2000; McAdam et. al, 2005)."

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    • "These findings are significant in that they objectively demonstrated that extra precautions should be taken into account for variables that may alter the effectiveness of stimuli when evaluating potential reinforcers. A partial replication of the Gottschalk et al. study demonstrated that similar effects were achieved when preference for tangible items was assessed (McAdam et al., 2005). When conducting a preference assessment, it is important that accurate results are obtained to enhance the identification of potent reinforcers. "
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