The persistence-strengthening effects of DRA: An illustration of bidirectional translational research

F. Charles Mace, Jennifer J. McComas, Benjamin C. Mauro, Patrick R. Progar, Bridget Taylor, Ruth Ervin, Amanda N. Zangrillo

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We summarize a series of bidirectional research studies that demonstrate the persistencestrengthening effects of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior on problem behavior. We model a possible solution to this problem with rats followed by replication with a human clinical population. The importance of coordinated basic and applied research to stimulate new behavioral technologies is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Analyst
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Behavioral momentum
  • Differential reinforcement of alternative behavior
  • Resistance to change
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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