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The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 131–136 | Cite as

Increased Variability in Tacting Under a Lag 3 Schedule of Reinforcement

  • Juliane Heldt
  • Henry D. SchlingerJr.
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Abstract

Research has shown that variability may be an operant dimension of behavior. One method of reinforcing response variability is to use a lag schedule of reinforcement (Page & Neuringer, 1985). Several studies have shown that a Lag 1 schedule is effective in increasing variable responding with human participants (e.g., Esch, Esch, & Love, 2009; Lee, McComas, & Jawor, 2002). In these arrangements, however, the return to baseline responding during reversal phases suggests that the resulting behavior change may not be maintained following intervention. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of a Lag 3 schedule on increasing and maintaining variability of tacts in 2 children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Results demonstrated increased variability in tacting for both participants and maintenance in variable responding after a 3-week follow-up.

Key words

Extinction lag schedule response variability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State University, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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