The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Relative Effects of Positive Reinforcement, Response-Cost, and a Combination Procedure on Task Performance with Variable Task Difficulty


Aubrey Morrison


The present experiment investigated the relative effects of positive reinforcement, response-cost, and a combination procedure on task performance with variable task difficulty in an adult population. As the background research produced conflicting results, no specific hypotheses were made. Participants were randomly assigned to one of six conditions, completed either 10 easy anagrams or 10 difficult anagrams, and were reinforced and/or punished according the experimental condition. Data from 28 participants were used for statistical analyses. Results were largely insignificant. Possible explanations for these results and recommendations for future research are discussed.

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