An Evaluation of a Systematic Procedure for Identifying Reinforcers for Persons with Profound Mental Retardation
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Alan D. Poling
R. W. Malott
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
The present study evaluated a systematic method of identifying potential reinforcers for three persons with profound mental retardation. The potential reinforcers were identified by observing subject approach responses to 16 various sensory stimuli, and preference for particular reinforcers was determined. A second experiment was conducted with the same subjects to determine if the preferred stimuli actually functioned as reinforcers by presenting them contingently on correct responses. Results indicated that the potential reinforcers were in most cases actual reinforcers.
Kurtti, Amy, "An Evaluation of a Systematic Procedure for Identifying Reinforcers for Persons with Profound Mental Retardation" (1993). Masters Theses. 3675.