Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Harry Robe, Charles Galloway, Emmett Burkeen

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Four Ss were selected from the population of residents of Cloverbottom Hospital and School to participate in the present study determining the effectiveness of video presentations as reinforcing consequences for discrimination learning. The task consisted of sorting stimulus discrimination cards on the basis of form and/or color. The S received either "snow" or self-video consequences via a television monitor. Both S-paced sorting and E-paced sorting were employed to determine the effect of each procedure. This study demonstrated that video consequences as well as sorting procedures influenced performance of these Ss. An individual S analysis revealed differential effects across Ss. Results showed a need for further research with the reinforcing function of television being investigated for normal Ss.


Child Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences