The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 55–62 | Cite as

The Effects of Praising Qualifying Autoclitics on the Frequency of Reading

  • Maria Martha Costa Hübner
  • John Austin
  • Caio F. Miguel


In the current study, tacts with positive qualifying autoclitics for reading were reinforced in order to determine if this procedure would increase the time spent reading by participants. Participants included 5 children, between 9–10 years old. Participants were individually exposed to 4 free operant sessions during which they were instructed to independently choose play activities. During pre- and post-treatment conditions, no consequences were provided for choosing reading. In addition, 4 treatment sessions were conducted on days separate from the free operant session days, during which the experimenter praised each positive reading-related statement emitted by the participant. Following treatment sessions, 4 out of 5 participants increased the time allocated to reading, suggesting that reading could be increased when praise is delivered contingent upon positive reading-related verbalizations.

Key words

tact autoclitic reading verbal behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Martha Costa Hübner
    • 1
  • John Austin
    • 2
  • Caio F. Miguel
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Western Michigan UniversityUSA
  3. 3.California State UniversitySacramentoUSA

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