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dc.contributor.advisorMcEwan, James S.A.
dc.contributor.authorCrawford, Demelza
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-05T02:36:48Z
dc.date.available2015-08-05T02:36:48Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationCrawford, D. (2015). Habituation and Dishabituation of Physical Activity (Thesis, Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsy)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/9517en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/9517
dc.description.abstractThree experiments with single subject research designs were conducted to see whether habituation occurred as human participants completed physical activity. Experiment 1 had an arrangement where participant’s rates of stationary cycling were recorded throughout 20 minute sessions. Instead of habituation, stationary cycling rates increased over time, likely to be due to a rule that controlled behaviour derived from previous reinforced responding in the same setting as the experimental context. Experiment 2 was arranged similarly to Experiment 1 with an added concurrent task to disrupt the behaviour chain causing the rule-governed behaviour seen in Experiment 1. Despite this concurrent task, rates of stationary cycling again increased due to rule-governed behaviour. Experiment 3 had stationary cycling rates associated with a salient reinforcer that could lose its effectiveness to reinforce over time and thus habituate. Instead, Experiment 3 resulted in stable rates of stationary cycling consistent with task adherence, a rule-governed behaviour. With the failure of habituation to predict the results of this study, they are instead discussed from the more applicable perspective of motivating operations.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waikato
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dc.subjecthabituation
dc.subjectdishabituation
dc.subjectphysical activity
dc.subjectexercise
dc.titleHabituation and Dishabituation of Physical Activity
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikato
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Applied Psychology (MAppPsy)
dc.date.updated2015-03-12T02:46:03Z
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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