Date of Award
Master of Arts
Public Affairs and Administration
Dr. Jack L. Michael
Dr. R. W. Malott
Dr. Neil Kent
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study assessed the validity of the matching law in an applied setting. It manipulated extraneous reinforcement and measured the rate of rocking in a 24-year-old developmentally disabled man. The resulting data were compared to that predicted by the matching law.
The results were important in three ways: (1) extraneous reinforcement systematically affected rocking in an applied setting in the manner predicted by the matching law, (2) a clinically undesirable behavior decreased in frequency, and (3) this decrease occurred in the absence of direct intervention on the target behavior. Thus, to a slight degree, scientific, practical and humanitarian goals were supported by these results.
Skousgard, "Applying the Matching Law in a Sheltered Workshop" (1990). Master's Theses. 1078.