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An Investigation of the Effects of Various Fluency Aims on the Emergence of Derived Relational Responding for Various Populations
by Ward, Kaius E., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2019, 215; 13427088
Abstract (Summary)

The present study investigated the effects of various fluency aims on the emergence of derived relational responding for various populations. Derived relational responding is a skill needed to develop complex language. Determining fluency aims to ensure derived relations can impact how we teach language and other complex skills. A parametric analysis of various fluency aims was completed using a multiple treatments design with ongoing probes of derived relational responding. Participants’ performance during accuracy and fluency tasks was assessed using a computer program designed for this study and presented on a tablet computer. The computer program recorded correct responses per minute and number of correct responses out of a total number of responses. A fluency aim could be experimentally verified if participants met criterion during tests of derived relational responding at an initial aim, that aim could be replicated with a novel symbol set, the participant met criterion during a test probe after performing at a higher frequency and failed to meet criterion during a test probe after performing at a lower frequency. Across all populations recruited for this study, a fluency aim that was empirically verified was not found. Participants performance did not match the performance described above and in some cases, performance was opposite, meaning participants passed a test probe after performing at a lower aim and failed the test probe after performing at a higher aim.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stockwell, August
Commitee: Eshleman, John, Whittington-Barnish, Ashley
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Behavioral Analysis
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Derived relational responding, Fluency, Frequency aim, Precision teaching, Relational frame theory
Publication Number: 13427088
ISBN: 978-1-392-01098-3
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