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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Paper Session #467
CE Offered: BACB
Comparing Conditioned Motivation in Uninterrupted and Interrupted Behavior Chains: Implication for Manding and “Tact-Mand Transfer”
Monday, May 27, 2024
12:00 PM–12:25 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 111 AB
Area: VRB
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Genae Annette Hall (Behavior Analysis and Intervention Services)
CE Instructor: Genae Annette Hall, Ph.D.
 

Comparing Conditioned Motivation in Uninterrupted and Interrupted Behavior Chains: Implication for Manding and “Tact-Mand Transfer”

Domain: Theory
GENAE ANNETTE HALL (Behavior Analysis and Intervention Services)
 
Abstract:

Comparing conditioned motivating operations within uninterrupted and interrupted behavior chains may further elucidate relevant controlling variables in abstract manding and tact-mand transfer. A well-learned behavior chain may proceed unimpeded, be interrupted briefly pending an additional response, or be interrupted in a true “problem situation” (Skinner, 1953, p. 246). When a nonverbal chain is uninterrupted, successive CMOs (i.e., CEO-Ts) occur without evoking manding or problem solving. When the chain is briefly interrupted but the individual is a fluent mander and an audience is present, simultaneous CEO-Ts and CEO-Rs may evoke manding in a slightly lengthened chain. If the individual lacks a manding repertoire, however, chain interruption may constitute a true “problem situation”. If the object needed to perform a chain step is missing, scanning for that item is under extinction and a strong response cannot be emitted, which may enhance the strength of the CEO-R. Whether or not chain interruption constitutes a problem situation, the simultaneous presence of CEO-T and CEO-R may yield a sudden increase in motivation. Like the saltation in response strength in joint stimulus control (cf., Palmer, 2006), this may be a discriminable event that plays an essential role in manding and possible bridging behavior in “tact-mand transfer”.

 
Target Audience:

Audience members should be able to describe essential elements of the MO concept, including conditioned MOs, define a behavior chain, define the elementary verbal operants, and describe the phenomenon of tact-mand transfer.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. State how conditioned motivating variables and motivation for manding may differ in uninterrupted and interrupted behavior chains 2. State how simultaneous presence of two conditioned motivating variables may enhance motivation in interrupted behavior chains 3. State how a true “problem situation“ may further enhance motivation 4. State how the sudden increase in motivation when a chain is interrupted may play a role in abstract manding 5. State how the sudden increase in motivation when a chain is interrupted may play a role in tact-mand transfer
 

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