An Evaluation of Free-pour Training Procedures for College Students


Carolynn Kohn: 0000-0002-2156-4898

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Conference Title

Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International


Chicago, IL

Conference Dates

May 23-27, 2014

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Student violators of campus alcohol policies are often mandated to attend alcohol-training courses with the expectation that they will learn to recognize and pour a standard serving of alcohol. However, research suggests students are generally inaccurate when asked to demonstrate this skill. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of different training methods on college students’ (N = 11) ability to free pour standard servings of beer. Participants were randomly assigned to verbal feedback, superimposition, or stimulus fading training procedures in an ABA or ABACA design. Immediately following baseline pours and successful training, participants completed two post pours. One week and 30-day follow up pours included a “generalization” probe (i.e., a different shaped cup). Overall, five of 11 participants required a second pour training. Although results maintained for five of 11 participants one week from the initial training, only three of 10 participants accurately poured one month following the initial training. Furthermore, training for eight of 11 participants generalized to pouring in the novel 18 oz. square red Solo® cup. These results suggest that students may be trained to pour standard servings of beer, but these training effects may not maintain or generalize to similar stimuli.

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