The Resistance to Temptation Paradigm with Modeling - A Review

Lorre Patricia Berger, Western Michigan University


The resistance to temptation paradigm and modeling literature was reviewed to evaluate imitation effectiveness as an instructional method. Varied interventions used in conjunction with modeling were: rehearsal of rule-following behavior; consequences to the model; reinforced and nonreinforced interaction; alternative, attractive and available tasks; and rationales for temptation. The past experimental results of these interventions used with modeling have been diverse. All temptation research utilized the forbidden toy or movie procedures as the tempting situation, while most allowed the subjects to engage in toy play or a film editing task. Imitation proved to be effective in teaching resistance to children. No other populations were introduced in these studies. A conforming model observation procedure has yielded resistance, while a deviant model observation procedure has yielded deviance in children.