Author

Grossett

Date of Award

12-1981

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. M. Kay Malott

Second Advisor

Dr. John L. Michael

Third Advisor

Dr. David O. Lyon

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Contradictory results concerning the effect that presence or absence of a correction procedure has on matching-to-sample were obtained by past studies (Carter and Werner, 1978; Thomas, 1979). Carter and Werner (1978) reported that exposure to a correction procedure resulted in an increase in accuracy, while Thomas (1979) found no difference between the noncorrection and correction procedures. The present study showed that exposure to a correction procedure resulted in an increase in accuracy in comparison to a noncorrection procedure during acquisition, but not during maintenance.

Past studies (Holt and Shafer, 1973; Thomas, 1979), using a correction procedure, showed that presence of an ITI increased accuracy, while absence of an ITI decreased accuracy. The present study, using both correction and noncorrection procedures, replicated these results.

The results of the present study suggest that exposure to a correction procedure with an ITI facilitates learning.

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