Research: Teaching Symbols

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY - APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS

Do you know the origin of these symbols?

Researchers: Dr Javier Virues-Ortega and Jessica McCormack (Applied Behaviour Analysis), and Dr Douglas Elliffe (Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Research Group).

We are exploring different methods for teaching people to classify information, symbols, and stimuli. The present study compares two different reward methods, and looks at difficulty as a moderator of their effectiveness. This study will help us learn more about how rewards can be used in learning, and develop effective teaching procedures for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.

We are looking for adults between 18 and 40 years old to participate in our study. We will teach you to classify different symbols or stimuli using a computer programme featuring different rewards. The study will consist of a 15-minute web-based questionnaire and three 1 hour training sessions. Participants will be reimbursed up to $20 in vouchers for their time and transport costs.

If you are interested in taking part in the research, please contact Jessica McCormack, Email: jmcc146@aucklanduni.ac.nz Phone: 09 373 7599 ext 82369 or Javier Virues-Ortega, Email: j.virues-ortega@auckland.ac.nz.

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 19 December 2016 for (3) years, Reference Number 018548