Barnes & Keenan 1994

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Barnes, D., & Keenan, M. (1994). Response-reinforcer contiguity and human performance on simple time-based reinforcement schedules. The Psychological Record, 44, 63-90.

Publication Topic: 
Behavior Analysis: Empirical
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
exposure to complex stimuli under nonreinforced conditions, transfer from identity to arbitrary matching tasks, 5-5.5 yr olds, r

The authors, researchers at the Lieden University and Behavioral Analysis Unit (Netherlands), replicated a study by P. M. Smeets and S. Striefel (1994) to examine the finding that arbitrary form-color relations may be acquired through nonreinforced exposure to identity matching tasks with complex stimuli. It is hypothesized that these findings may have resulted from either (1) the requirement to respond discriminatively to both elements of color and form, (2) the stimuli serving as samples and as comparisons, or (3) the chained tasks producing strings of perceptually related stimuli. Ss were 8 children (aged 5.0-5.5 yrs) who performed comparison tasks. Results support the 1st hypothesis.

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