Project Description

Behavioral momentum theory research has demonstrated that differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) based interventions, while decreasing the rate of a target response (i.e., problem behavior), may in fact increase the persistence of target responses when reinforcement for the alternative response is disrupted. Previous studies have demonstrated that by training the alternative response in a context in which a target response has no history of reinforcement and then combining this context with one in which the target response has a history of reinforcement, the persistence increasing effects of DRA can be minimized when disruption occurs. One of our studies is aimed at demonstrating the effects of reinforcement histories on persistence of targeted responses across multiple phases of reinforcement and extinction conditions.