The effects of noncontingent delivery of high-and low-preference stimuli on attention-maintained destructive behavior

Wayne W. Fisher, Julia T. O'Connor, Patricia F. Kurtz, Iser G. DeLeon, Deidre L. Gotjen

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An adolescent with severe mental retardation and cerebral palsy who displayed attention-maintained destructive behavior was exposed to noncontingent reinforcer delivery (NCR) with either a high-preference or a low-preference stimulus while reinforcement for destructive behavior with attention remained in effect (i.e., NCR without extinction). NCR without extinction was effective only when the high-preference stimulus was available, suggesting that systematic assessment of stimulus quality may enhance the effectiveness of NCR with alternative stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Behavioral assessment
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Functional analysis
  • Noncontingent reinforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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