Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Experimental Demonstration of the Surrogate Conditioned Motivating Operation
by Ormandy, Shannon L., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2018, 301; 10750075
Abstract (Summary)

The present study attempted to establish a flashing or solid red light as a surrogate conditioned motivating operation (CMO-S) by pairing the light with the unconditioned motivating operation (UMO) of heat. The effects of the red light were assessed by an ABAB reversal design for three participants and an ABA reversal design for one participant. Baseline sessions consisted of presenting the red light in the absence of the UMO of heat to assess for any behavioral effects of the red light before and after pairing with the UMO of heat. Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) was recorded for all participants as an indirect measure of sweating. Additional dependent variables and the ambient temperature for each participant’s UMO of heat were identified through a temperature and response assessment. The additional dependent variable was drinking water for Participants 2–4 and throat clearing for Participant 1. Results suggest that the flashing red light may have been conditioned as a CMO-S for Participants 2 and 3. Participant 4 did not consume any water during any baseline session, suggesting that the solid red light did not function as a CMO-S after pairing. Results for Participant 1 suggests that throat clearing was controlled by additional unknown variables and was not evoked by the UMO of heat. Results potentially supporting the CMO-S should be interpreted cautiously given study limitations involving temperature control and the extent that the UMO of heat was clearly demonstrated for each participant.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walker, Diana
Commitee: Eshleman, John, Klapatch Totsch, Jennifer
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Behavioral Analysis
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Motivating operations, Surrogate conditioned motivating operation
Publication Number: 10750075
ISBN: 978-0-355-81143-8
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