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ASSESSMENT OF PREFERENCE FOR EDIBLE AND LEISURE ITEMS IN INDIVIDUALS WITH DEMENTIA

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Address correspondence to Javier Virués Ortega, University of Manitoba, Psychology Department, P518 Duff Roblin Bldg., 190 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada (e-mail: javier.virues@ad.umanitoba.ca).

Abstract

We conducted 2 studies on reinforcer preference in patients with dementia. Results of preference assessments yielded differential selections by 14 participants. Unlike prior studies with individuals with intellectual disabilities, all participants showed a noticeable preference for leisure items over edible items. Results of a subsequent analysis with 3 participants showed reinforcement effects when highly preferred items were delivered as consequences.

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