The modification of stuttering through non-reinforcement


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Abstract

“This experiment was designed under the general hypothesis that stuttering is reduced most rapidly under conditions which permit least reinforcement of the stuttering response and most reinforcement of the normal speech attempt.” 20 adult stutterers served as their own controls in the experiment. “The non-reinforcement technique was held to be more effective in reducing total stuttering behavior because it substituted the normal speaking of the word for the stuttering response at the point of reinforcement.” Theoretical implications of the study are discussed. 17 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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