Individual and combined effects of noncontingent reinforcement and response blocking on automatically reinforced problem behavior

Valdeep Saini, Brian D. Greer, Wayne W. Fisher, Katherine R. Lichtblau, Andresa A. DeSouza, Daniel R. Mitteer

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Noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) and response blocking are 2 common interventions for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement. We implemented NCR and blocking with 1 boy and found this combined intervention to be effective at decreasing high rates of automatically reinforced pica. With another child, we compared the effects of blocking alone to the combined intervention. With the third child, we compared NCR alone and blocking alone to the combined intervention. Results showed that the combined intervention was effective at reducing automatically reinforced problem behavior while moderate to high levels of item engagement maintained. When evaluated individually, neither NCR nor blocking was sufficient to reduce problem behavior to clinically significant levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-698
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • automatic reinforcement
  • noncontingent reinforcement
  • problem behavior
  • response blocking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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