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Covert negative reinforcement: An experimental test
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
  • L. Michael Ascher, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • J. R. Cautela
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Ss in the experimental group were asked to imagine an idiosyncratic noxious scene the cessation of which would be contingent upon imagining a neutral stimulus (a ringing bell). This was repeated 30 times. A second group was asked to imagine noxious and neutral scenes in an unpaired manner. A third group received no imagery training. In the experimental test phase, all Ss were asked to estimate the size of circles to establish a baseline. With Groups 1 and 2, E said the word "bell" when the Ss either overestimated (during the over-estimation condition) or underestimated (during the under-estimation condition) the size of the circles. Deviation of the estimates of circle size was influenced by use of the word "bell" in Group 1 only supporting the covert negative reinforcement hypothesis. © 1972.

This article was published in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 1-5.

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L. Michael Ascher and J. R. Cautela. "Covert negative reinforcement: An experimental test" Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (1972) p. 1 - 5
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