We thank Tara Fahmie and Amanda Rone for their assistance.
Parameters of reinforcement and response-class hierarchies
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2014
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 70–82, Spring 2014
How to Cite
Beavers, G. A., Iwata, B. A. and Gregory, M. K. (2014), Parameters of reinforcement and response-class hierarchies. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 47: 70–82. doi: 10.1002/jaba.102
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2013
- reinforcer dimensions;
- response class
Shabani, Carr, and Petursdottir (2009) examined the effects of a response–response relation (effort) on the development of a response-class hierarchy using a laboratory model. Response–reinforcer relations may have similar influences. Using a similar translational approach, we examined the effects of reinforcer rate, quality, delay, and magnitude in a series of separate experiments conducted with 8 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Response-class hierarchies emerged along the dimension of rate for 3 of 6 subjects, quality for 5 of 5 subjects, delay for 2 of 8 subjects, and magnitude for 5 of 6 subjects.