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


San Antonio, TX

Conference Dates

May 22-26, 2015

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Students are generally inaccurate when pouring a standard serving of alcohol. Although this skill is often taught during mandated alcohol-training courses, the effectiveness of training is rarely assessed. The current study assessed the effectiveness of three training methods on college students’ (N = 14) free-pour accuracy of a standard serving of beer. Participants were randomly assigned to verbal feedback, superimposition, or stimulus fading (SF) training or a control group in an ABA or ABACA design (for those requiring additional training). Participants completed two post pours and one-week and 30-day follow up and generalization pours. Overall, 5 of 12 participants required a second training. Results maintained and generalized for 9 of 12 participants at 1-week follow-up. At 30-day follow-up, results maintained for 5 of 10 and generalized for 6 of 10 participants. Superimposition or SF combined with superimposition training appeared to be most effective. Control participants (n = 2) showed no improvement across all 10 test pours, and pours at 1-week and 30-day follow-ups; however, they did accurately pour after receiving superimposition or combination training. These results suggest pour-training is effective, particularly a combination of SF and superimposition, although the effects may not maintain over time or generalize for some students.

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