The Effects of Contingency-Specifying Statements on Impulsive Behavior: Specifying the Dimension of the Reinforcer
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua
Dr. James E. Carr
Dr. Cynthia J. Pietras
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study replicated and extended research conducted by Douglas J. Navarick (2001) by investigating the effects on impulsive behavior of presenting participants with a contingency-specifying statement (CSS), or a question evoking a CSS. One-hundred two subjects categorized as impulsive, self-controlled, or neutral, based on their number of impulsive responses on a computer program, were divided into three groups: a control group and two experimental groups. Results demonstrated that impulsive behavior decreased when subjects generated accurate and complete CSSs, either with or without the assistance of corrective feedback on verbal or impulsive behavior. Implications for future research on impulsive behavior are discussed.
Makdisi, Susan Frances, "The Effects of Contingency-Specifying Statements on Impulsive Behavior: Specifying the Dimension of the Reinforcer" (2006). Masters Theses. 4601.