Using pre and post low-p latency to assess behavioral momentum: A preliminary investigation

David L. Lee, Phillip J. Belfiore, Doreen Ferko, Youjia Hua, Mandy Carranza, Katie Hildebrand

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Delivering high-probability (high-p) request sequences is an effective method to increase compliance across settings. To date, researchers have used frequency of compliance and latency to initiate low-probability (low-p) requests to document these effects. Both measures focus on events just prior to and during the low-p task. In these two studies we examined a third possible example of high-p effects, time from the end of a low-p task to the initiation of subsequent high-p tasks, across both traditional high-p and high-p with added incentives conditions. Overall, we found that the latency from high-p to low-p tasks was shorter than the latency from low-p to subsequent high-p tasks, indicating a momentum effect across four children (two with academic difficulties and two without). The results are explained in terms of behavioral momentum and local reinforcement rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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