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Token Economy Observation Paper

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Participants: I will be the only one participating. Materials: The materials involved in this study include my One Plus One phone alarm, a pen, paper, star stickers, my laptop, a subscription to Netflix, and movie tickets. Procedures: In this study, I plan to utilize the principles of operant conditioning and a token economy in an attempt to learn to wake up at precisely 6:00 am on weekday mornings. On the night of Sunday, March 19th, 2017, I will set my phone alarm clock to 6:00 am before bed. This is done in preparation for base line measurement procedures. On the morning of Monday, March 20th, 2017 the base line measurement trails will begin. Base line measurements will be conducted for a total of five days (Monday, March 20th through…show more content…
Only this time, there will be a reward and punishment system in the form of a token economy that should influence my behavior. During the conditioning trials period, (Monday, March 27th through Friday, April 14th weekdays only), I will follow the exact same procedures that I did the previous week. I will wake up at exactly 6:00 am when my alarm goes off, get out of bed, and note the date, time, and whether or not I accomplished the task successfully. However, this time the number of times and star stickers that indicate I successfully accomplish this task will matter more. If I successfully wake up at 6:00 am during each weekday session (five days in a row), I will reward myself by going to see a movie on the weekend. If I wake up on time only 4 out of the five weekday sessions, then I will reward myself with watching one movie on Netflix during the weekend. Going to the movies and watching a movie on Netflix will be positive reinforcement. If I fail to wake up on time for three days in a row during a specific conditioning week, then I will not watch any movie at all. Furthermore, I will not allow myself to access Netflix. This will be a negative punishment. Ultimately, the desired behavior of waking up at 6:00 am weekday mornings will be positively reinforced by the reward of getting to watch a movie on the weekend. Failure to wake up at 6:00 am for three or more weekdays will be negatively
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