Document Type


Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Howard B. Robinson

Second Committee Member

Maurice L. Pettit

Third Committee Member

Eldon E. Jacobsen


This type of research is believed to be important because of the implications it would seem to have for educational techniques. For example, a program could be instituted at the high school level whereby students would be rewarded with money for maintaining a certain academic standard but punished by the removal of a portion of this money for dropping below that standard. This technique might, in addition to facilitating their learning, act as a motivator in keeping them in school since many students drop out in order to make some money.