Cabello, Luciano, Gomez, & Barnes-Holmes, 2004

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Cabello, F., Luciano, C., Gomez, I., & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2004). Human schedule performance, protocol analysis and the “silent dog” methodology. The Psychological Record, 54, 405-422.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
human schedule performance; protocol analysis; silent dog methodology; verbal behavior; operant performance
Abstract: 

The authors—researchers at the University of Almeria, Universidad de la Rioja, and National university of Ireland—conducted the current experiment to investigate the role of private verbal behavior on the operant performances of human adults, using a protocol analysis procedure with additional methodological controls (the "silent dog" method). Twelve subjects were exposed to fixed ratio 8 and differential reinforcement of low rate 3-s schedules. For 6 subjects, verbal self-reports were recorded concurrently during exposure to the reinforcement schedules. Results showed a significant relationship between certain types of rules and task performances, and especially between counting and schedule-sensitive performance. A detailed analysis also suggested that counting facilitated the discrimination of programmed contingencies in the current task.

Comments: 
This paper reports an experimental study designed to investigate the role of private verbal behavior on the operant performances of human adults, using a protocol analysis procedure with additional methodological controls (the silent dog method). Results showed a significant relationship between certain types of rules and task performances, and some suggestions are offered for further research involving the use of the protocol analysis methodology.------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Este articulo muestra un estudio experimental diseado para investigar el papel del comportamiento verbal privado sobre las ejecuciones operantes de varios humanos adultos, empleando para ello el procedimiento del analisis protocolos y complementandolo con varios controles metodologicos adicionales (el matodo del silent dog). Los resultados mostraron una relacion significativa entre ciertos tipos de reglas y ejecuciones en la tarea, y se indican algunas sugerencias para futuras investigaciones que empleen la metodologi­a del analisis de protocolos.
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