Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Tom S. Allison

Second Committee Member

Roger C. Katz


Ten developmentally disabled children participated in an assessment of stimulus control and transfer of training. Each subject was taught to perform a simple, nonverbal, imitative task in a training room, and transfer to a novel setting was assessed. During training, subjects were video-taped in order to determine how often each visual stimulus in the training room was looked at. After an initial transfer t est each subject participated in a test of the stimulus control acquired by visual stimuli from the training room. Utilizing two groups (N = 5 each), subjects received an additional transfer test in the novel setting while in the presence of a stimulus that had been either frequently or infrequently looked at during the training process. Subjects tested in the presence of a frequently-looked-at stimulus produced a greater number of correct responses during the transfer tests than subjects tested in the presence of an infrequently-looked-at stimulus. Individual data are also presented fer the subjects. The implications of these results are discussed.



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