Some weaknesses of a response-strength account of reinforcer effects

  title={Some weaknesses of a response-strength account of reinforcer effects},
  author={Sarah Cowie},
  journal={European Journal of Behavior Analysis},
  pages={348 - 363}
  • S. Cowie
  • Published 2 July 2020
  • Psychology
  • European Journal of Behavior Analysis
ABSTRACT The idea that reinforcers control behaviour because they alter behaviour’s strength has been key to both research and practice in behaviour analysis. Yet despite substantial research, the duration, magnitude, and target of reinforcer strengthening is not clearly set out by existing theories of behaviour. In fact, this research has generated more questions than answers, prompting some behaviour analysts to call for novel approaches to understanding the transaction between behaviour and… 

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