Amber L. Valentino is now at Trumpet Behavioral Health. Laura E. Pierce is now at the University of Kentucky.
Mands for information using “who?” and “which?” in the presence of establishing and abolishing operations
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2014
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 136–150, Spring 2014
How to Cite
Shillingsburg, M. A., Bowen, C. N., Valentino, A. L. and Pierce, L. E. (2014), Mands for information using “who?” and “which?” in the presence of establishing and abolishing operations. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 47: 136–150. doi: 10.1002/jaba.101
We thank Brittany Lee and Francine White for their assistance with data collection.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 JUL 2012
- mands for information;
- establishing operation;
- abolishing operation;
Treatments designed to teach mands for information have included prompting and differential reinforcement, as well as procedures to manipulate the relevant establishing operation (EO). However, previous studies have not included relevant abolishing operation (AO) conditions to ensure that the mand is under relevant antecedent control. Data on listener responses (i.e., use of the information) are also absent in the literature. The current study shows differential responding under EO and AO conditions and reports listener responses that demonstrate use of the provided information. Three participants, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, learned to mand for information using “who?” and “which?” questions exclusively under EO conditions. In addition, each participant responded to the information provided to access a preferred item. Generalization of the “which?” mand for information was also demonstrated across novel stimuli.