Basic and applied research on choice responding

Wayne W. Fisher, James E. Mazur

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Choice responding refers to the manner in which individuals allocate their time or responding among available response options. In this article, we first review basic investigations that have identified and examined variables that influence choice responding, such as response effort and reinforcement rate, immediacy, and quality. We then describe recent bridge and applied studies that illustrate how the results of basic research on choice responding can help to account for human behavior in natural environments and improve clinical assessments and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-410
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Basic research
  • Choice
  • Concurrent schedules
  • Matching theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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