The effects of presession attention on tacting


  • This study was completed by the first author in partial fulfillment of the MA in Applied Behavior Analysis degree of Queens College, City University of New York. We thank Peter Sturmey for feedback on the development of this project.


This study examined the effects of presession attention on tacting. Presession intervals of deprivation and satiation of attention were followed by a progressive-ratio assessment in which the number of tacts was measured. For 2 participants, deprivation resulted in increased tacting compared to satiation. The 3rd participant showed no differential responding. These results suggest that antecedent-based interventions could increase the efficiency of tact training.