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Sensitivity of Children's Behavior to Probabilistic Reward: Effects of a Decreasing-Ratio Lottery on Math Peformance
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Brian K. Martens, Syracuse University
  • Scott P. Ardoin, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • Alexandra Hilt-Panahon, Lehigh University
  • Amanda L. Lannie, Syracuse University
  • Carlos J. Panahon, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Laurie A. Wolfe, Syracuse University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2002
Abstract
Probabilistic reward has been shown to affect children's choice behavior in game-like activities. We examined the effects of a lottery system containing progressively lower exchange ratios on children's completion of math problems. Two of the 3 children completed problems above baseline levels until the chance of exchange dropped to 25%. This study describes a potentially useful method for examining reinforcement schedules in applied settings and extends previous research on probabilities of reinforcement.
DOI
10.1901/jaba.2002.35-403
Citation Information
Martens, B. K., Ardoin, S. P., Hilt, A.M., Lannie, A. L., Panahon, C. J., & Wolfe, L. (2002) Sensitivity of Children’s Behavior to Probabilistic Reward: Effects of a Decreasing-Ratio Lottery on Math Performance. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35(4), 403-406. doi. 10.1901/jaba.2002.35-403