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Keywords:

  • motivating operations;
  • verbal behavior;
  • tact;
  • deprivation;
  • satiation;
  • attention;
  • functional analysis;
  • progressive ratio

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.