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Psychology

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Utah State University

1981

Behavior

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Autoshaping Infant Vocalizations, Alexander Mcnaughton Myers May 1981

Autoshaping Infant Vocalizations, Alexander Mcnaughton Myers

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A series of five experiments was conducted to determine whether operant or respondent factors controlled the emission of a particular vocalization ( "Q" ) by human infants 16 to 18 months old. Experiment 1 consisted of a pilot investigation of the effects of an autoshaping procedure on three infants' vocal behavior. All three subjects demonstrated increased emission of the target sound during the CR period. Experiments 2 through 4 attempted to replicate the findings of Experiment 1 under controlled conditions, and failed to do so. Experiment 5a presented infant subjects with a discrete-trial operant procedure (having the identical temporal parameters as the ...