Sensitivity of children's behavior to probabilistic reward: Effects of a decreasing-ratio lottery system on math performance

Brian K. Martens, Scott P. Ardoin, Alexandra M. Hilt, Amanda L. Lannie, Carlos J. Panahon, Laurie A. Wolfe

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Abstract

Probabilistic reward has been shown to affect children's choice behavior in game-like activities. We examined the effects of a lottery system containing progressively lower exchange ratios on children's completion of math problems. Two of the 3 children completed problems above baseline levels until the chance of exchange dropped to 25%. This study describes a potentially useful method for examining reinforcement schedules in applied settings and extends previous research on probabilities of reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Academic behavior
  • Lottery systems
  • Probabilistic reward

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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