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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology