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Using Concurrent Operants To Evaluate Perseverative Conversation In Children And Adolescents Diagnosed With Asperger's Disorder, Matthew J O'Brien Dec 2009

Using Concurrent Operants To Evaluate Perseverative Conversation In Children And Adolescents Diagnosed With Asperger's Disorder, Matthew J O'Brien

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Perseverative conversation is a problem vocal behavior that is unique to individuals with Asperger's disorder. It is characterized by long-winded monologues revolving around circumscribed interests. The current research literature suggests that perseverative conversation may exacerbate already poor social relations, impede productivity at work and home, and lead to disruptive behavior when it is restricted. Despite the negative repercussions there is a lack of research related to the assessment and treatment of this behavior. In the field of applied behavior analysis, concurrent operants assessments have been used effectively to identify relative preference for concurrently available reinforcers. In the current study ...


The Effects Of Quality And Magnitude Of Reinforcement On Choice Responding, Jessica Erin Frieder May 2009

The Effects Of Quality And Magnitude Of Reinforcement On Choice Responding, Jessica Erin Frieder

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The present study investigated the effects of a concurrent schedules arrangement, in which three dimensions of reinforcement (duration, attention, and stimuli) were manipulated, on choice responding, appropriate behavior, and problem behavior for three participants with disabilities who had escape-maintained problem behavior. Three experiments were conducted in which participants could choose between work, break, or problem behavior. In the first experiment, the choice analysis, three reinforcement dimensions were varied simultaneously for choice responses. In the second experiment, the component choice analysis, reinforcement dimensions were evaluated in isolation. In the third experiment, the effort analysis, increasing task demand requirements and how they ...