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  1. 1. Kickin’ the Caffeine Buzz<br />Psychology 6710<br />Mindy Newhouse<br />Dr. Malott<br />8/13/10<br />
  2. 2. Problem<br />I was averaging three caffeinated beverages a day.<br />All that iced tea and Dr. Pepper was giving me headaches.<br />Even though I knew it was bad for my health, I couldn’t stop guzzling that caffeine.<br />
  3. 3. The good taste of my preferred caffeinated beverages kept me pouring those drinks into my mouth.<br />The good taste controlled my caffeine-consuming behavior better than the effects of that caffeine on my health did.<br />Competing Contingencies<br />
  4. 4. Natural Competing Contingency<br />BEFORE<br />AFTER<br />BEHAVIOR<br />Good taste<br />No good taste<br />Drink one <br />caffeinated<br />beverage<br />
  5. 5. Target behavior: Drink no more than two caffeinated beverages per week<br />Intervention: Pay $2 for each beverage over my limit for the week<br />Contingencies: analog to punishment (loss of $2)<br />Deadline (SD): N/A<br />PM manager: Ashley – roommate/best friend/brother’s girlfriend/almost-sister<br />Start Date: 6/20/10<br />End Date: still going!<br />The SM Intervention<br />
  6. 6. Ineffective Natural Contingency<br />BEFORE<br />AFTER<br />BEHAVIOR<br />Inf. Worse<br />level of<br />health<br />Given level<br />of health<br />Drink one <br />caffeinated<br />beverage<br />
  7. 7. Performance-Management Contingency<br />BEFORE<br />AFTER<br />BEHAVIOR<br />Will lose <br />$2 at the<br />end of the <br />week<br />Will not lose<br />$2 at the <br />end of the<br />week<br />Drink one<br />caffeinated<br />beverage<br />
  8. 8. Inferred Theoretical Contingency<br />BEFORE<br />AFTER<br />BEHAVIOR<br />Fear loss of<br />$2 at the <br />end of the<br />week<br />Do not <br />fear loss of<br />$2 at the<br />end of the <br />week<br />Drink one<br />caffeinated<br />beverage<br />
  9. 9. Target Behavior Graph<br />
  10. 10. I no longer get headaches everyday from caffeine deprivation.<br />I no longer get bloated from too much Dr. Pepper.<br />I feel more energetic throughout the day, with none of the bursts of energy followed by a crash that I experienced during my caffeine-guzzling days.<br />Benefit Measure<br />
  11. 11. I consistently met my goal of no more than two caffeinated beverages per week, but I thought it would be even cooler to have zero caffeinated beverages per week so...<br />Problems During Intervention<br />
  12. 12. Recycle<br />I changed my goal to zero caffeinated beverages per week!<br />
  13. 13. During my first intervention phase, I met my goal every week<br />After I changed my goal to zero, there was only one week for which I did not meet my goal<br />Overall, I considered this to be a very successful intervention<br />My Results <br />
  14. 14. Before starting this class, I tried to kick my caffeine habit several times, but had no success without adding performance management.<br />Now, I feel healthier, and happier knowing that I have finally achieved this goal.<br />My Comments<br />
  15. 15. THANK YOU!!<br />Any Questions or<br /> Comments?<br />

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