Negative Punishment during Alternative Reinforcement Does Not Reduce Subsequent Resurgence
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Resurgence of previously suppressed behavior can occur when differential reinforcement is discontinued. Recent research has investigated strategies to mitigate resurgence, such as punishing the target response during alternative reinforcement. Loss of reinforcers contingent on the target response (response cost) does not appear to attenuate resurgence, but these effects had not been replicated with other negative-punishment procedures, such as timeout. This study investigated effects of timeout on subsequent resurgence when adults responded to earn points during a computer task. Timeout did not affect subsequent resurgence. These findings, in combination with previous research, suggest that negative punishment may not reduce the likelihood of subsequent resugence.
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Houchins, Alexander; Williams, Catherine L.; and St. Peter, Claire C., "Negative Punishment during Alternative Reinforcement Does Not Reduce Subsequent Resurgence" (2020). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2784.
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