Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

1966

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Jack J. Crawford

Second Committee Member

Eldon E. Jacobsen

Third Committee Member

H. B. Robinson

Abstract

This study investigated one prediction of Guthrie's theory of learning (1936, 1952)--that retention in the goal box after reinforcement increases the likelihood of incompatible responses to the goal stimuli and, thus, decreases learning. Three measures of learning were used: number of trials to criterion, total number of correct trials in the first twenty trials, and number of subjects who met criterion of five successive correct responses within forty trials.

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