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Sensitivity of Children's Behavior to Probabilistic Reward: Effects of a Decreasing-Ratio Lottery System on Math Performance
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Brian K Martens
  • Scott P Ardoin
  • Alexandra M Hilt
  • Amanda L. Lannie, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Carlos J Panahon
  • Laurie A Wolfe
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.
PubMed ID
12555911
Comments

This article was published in Journal of applied behavior analysis, Volume 35, Issue 4, Pages 403-406.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1901/jaba.2002.35-403.

Copyright © 2002.

Citation Information
Brian K Martens, Scott P Ardoin, Alexandra M Hilt, Amanda L. Lannie, et al.. "Sensitivity of Children's Behavior to Probabilistic Reward: Effects of a Decreasing-Ratio Lottery System on Math Performance" Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Vol. 35 Iss. 4 (2002) p. 403 - 406
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amanda-lannie/9/