Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1972

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Robert Adams

Abstract

This study examined the effect of stopping a vehicle on several operationally defined behaviors. For the purpose of investigation the study was divided into two experiments and each experiment was divided into four phases: baseline1, treatment1, baseline2, and treatment2. Experiment I was conducted on a school bus and during treatment sessions the bus was stopped contingent upon the occurrence of fighting behavior, incorrect posture, and standing up. It was found that during the treatment sessions the frequency of occurrence of all the behaviors declined to zero levels. Experiment II was conducted in a car and as in Experiment I the car was stopped contingent upon the occurrence of excessive noise or fighting. Here it was found that excessive noise frequency of occurrence was reduced to a very low level during treatment sessions. Results suggest that stopping a vehicle may be an effective means of controlling behavior when it is applied in a similar manner to that which was employed in this study.

Rights

Copyright 1972 Douglas P. Campbell

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