Arlene Chmil

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Richard W. Malott

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The original purpose of this study was to teach college students to write psychology laboratory reports. A programmed text on how to draw a graph that would meet the publication requirements as specified by the American Psychological Association was written and tested on a small sample of psychology stidents. Results showed that the rules were not adequate discriminative stimuli for controlling behavior. It was necessary to give the students discrimination training with examples related to those rules. There was a high percent of errors on rules that pertained to the concepts of the independent and dependent variables, and the task of using equal intervals in assigning numerical values on the axes. Two subprograms were written to supplement the main program. Results showed that both subprograms reduced the number of incorrect discriminations made in the main program and on the graph drawings. In general the main program is achieving its objectives.