Use of Noncontingent Reinforcement for the Reduction of Problem Behavior and the Application of Weber's Law to a Fading Procedure
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The effectiveness of noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) for the reduction of problem behavior was examined. The students exhibiting problem behavior were given a functional behavior assessment that determined the function of their behavior. NCR in the form of teacher attention was administered on a fixed interval schedule for each student based on the mean inter-response time of three baseline sessions. Once NCR effectively reduced problem behavior in all participants, a fading procedure was implemented. The fading procedure was based on the application of Weber's Law of just noticeable difference.
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