Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 203–214 | Cite as

Using Pre and Post Low-p Latency to Assess Behavioral Momentum: A Preliminary Investigation

  • David L. LeeEmail author
  • Phillip J. Belfiore
  • Doreen Ferko
  • Youjia Hua
  • Mandy Carranza
  • Katie Hildebrand
Original Paper


Delivering high-probability (high-p) request sequences is an effective method to increase compliance across settings. To date, researchers have used frequency of compliance and latency to initiate low-probability (low-p) requests to document these effects. Both measures focus on events just prior to and during the low-p task. In these two studies we examined a third possible example of high-p effects, time from the end of a low-p task to the initiation of subsequent high-p tasks, across both traditional high-p and high-p with added incentives conditions. Overall, we found that the latency from high-p to low-p tasks was shorter than the latency from low-p to subsequent high-p tasks, indicating a momentum effect across four children (two with academic difficulties and two without). The results are explained in terms of behavioral momentum and local reinforcement rates.


High-p Behavioral momentum Resistance to change Academic modifications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Phillip J. Belfiore
    • 2
  • Doreen Ferko
    • 3
  • Youjia Hua
    • 1
  • Mandy Carranza
    • 1
  • Katie Hildebrand
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational and School Psychology and Special EducationThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Mercyhurst CollegeErieUSA
  3. 3.California State UniversityFullertonUSA

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