The Effects of Response Effort and Choice on Productivity

Authors: Toro-Zambrana, W.1; Lee, D.L.1; Belfiore, P.J.2

Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 11, Number 3, September 1999 , pp. 287-293(7)

Publisher: Springer

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of response effort, novelty of stimulus arrangement, and choice on selecting behavior of an individual with profound mental retardation in a vocational setting. Data showed that: (a) novelty of stimulus array, not response effort, affected selecting behavior, and (b) choice affects behavior only to the extent that preferred outcomes are attained. Results are discussed in relation to matching theory.

Keywords: mental retardation; response effort; selecting behavior; stimulus arrangement

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana 47907 2: Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania 16546

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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