Author

Latka

Date of Award

12-1990

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan D. Poling

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study used 3 subjects of normal (non-impaired) intelligence, 1 female and 2 males, between the ages of 10 and 13 years to study generalization of promise-do correspondence training effects. In a replicated AE design, contingent monetary reinforcers were used to establish promise-do correspondence in playing nonpreferred computer games. This study demonstrated that the effects of correspondence training procedures could be generalized to an alternative listener or individual to whom the promise was made. Generalization was less evident when there was no listener present. This study also provided some evidence that effects of promise-do correspondence training may not generalize to say-report correspondence. Data also suggested gender differences in pre-existing do-report correspondence; however, this was impossible to validate with 3 subjects. Data on correspondence were computer recorded through a specially designed software package.

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