Date of Award

8-1991

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Poling

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The Audio-Visual Combination Test is an assessment tool developed by Kerr, Meyerson, and Flora (1977), and used by those working with developmentally disabled persons to assess learning-to-learn skills. The test measures motor, visual, and auditory discrimination learning.

The experimenter attempted to determine if there were an important step-visual nonidentity discrimination-between AVC subtests 4 and 5/6 of the test. Twelve developmentally disabled adults were tested with three different sets of tasks interposed between a revised subtest 4 and 5/6. Results showed that most subjects had greater difficulty with the visual nonidentity discrimination than with the auditory/visual discrimination, subtest 5/6. The results with the last set of tasks suggests that with a refined fading procedure the visual nonidentity discrimination may fall between subtests 4 and 5/6. It was also suggested that a visual nonidentity task might be a useful addition to the AVC test for other reasons.

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