Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Clinton Layne, James Craig, A.W. Laird

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The current study was designed to further examine the effects of verbal reward and punishment on task performance of schizophrenics. The relationship of need for approval of schizophrenics (as measured by the M-C SDS) to performance and to reward and punishment was also examined. Verbal reward and punishment along with need for approval served as independent variables. Task performance was the dependent variable. The following major questions were asked:

  1. Does verbal reward and punishment significantly influence performance of schizophrenics?
  2. How is the personality construct, need for approval, related to performance of tasks by schizophrenics?
  3. Is there a significant interaction between verbal reward and punishment and need for approval in schizophrenics?


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