Title page for ETD etd-06302014-190504

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Alvarez, Jessica Pearl
URN etd-06302014-190504
Title Fixed-Time Schedule Effects on Participant Responding: An Evaluation Of Similar vs. Dissimilar Schedule Programs Using a Group Design Approach
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Noell, George Committee Chair
Cheek, Earl Committee Member
Gresham, Frank Committee Member
Renshaw, Tyler Committee Member
  • fixed-time schedules
  • reinforcement
  • noncontingent reinforcement
Date of Defense 2014-06-13
Availability unrestricted
We evaluated the effectiveness of fixed-time (FT) schedules of reinforcement at eliminating participantís responding using a between-subjects group design. Participants experienced one of three conditions; a FT leaner schedule, a FT yoked schedule, or a FT denser schedule using a computerized experimental program. Dependent variables of interest are the total number of responses made during the fixed-time reinforcement phase and the latency until the participant met extinction or exit criteria.
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