Kickin’ the Caffeine Buzz Psychology 6710 Mindy Newhouse Dr. Malott 8/13/10
Problem I was averaging three caffeinated beverages a day. All that iced tea and Dr. Pepper was giving me headaches. Even though I knew it was bad for my health, I couldn’t stop guzzling that caffeine.
The good taste of my preferred caffeinated beverages kept me pouring those drinks into my mouth. The good taste controlled my caffeine-consuming behavior better than the effects of that caffeine on my health did. Competing Contingencies
Natural Competing Contingency BEFORE AFTER BEHAVIOR Good taste No good taste Drink one caffeinated beverage
Target behavior: Drink no more than two caffeinated beverages per week Intervention: Pay $2 for each beverage over my limit for the week Contingencies: analog to punishment (loss of $2) Deadline (SD): N/A PM manager: Ashley – roommate/best friend/brother’s girlfriend/almost-sister Start Date: 6/20/10 End Date: still going! The SM Intervention
Ineffective Natural Contingency BEFORE AFTER BEHAVIOR Inf. Worse level of health Given level of health Drink one caffeinated beverage
Performance-Management Contingency BEFORE AFTER BEHAVIOR Will lose $2 at the end of the week Will not lose $2 at the end of the week Drink one caffeinated beverage
Inferred Theoretical Contingency BEFORE AFTER BEHAVIOR Fear loss of $2 at the end of the week Do not fear loss of $2 at the end of the week Drink one caffeinated beverage
Target Behavior Graph
I no longer get headaches everyday from caffeine deprivation. I no longer get bloated from too much Dr. Pepper. 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. Benefit Measure
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... Problems During Intervention
Recycle I changed my goal to zero caffeinated beverages per week!
During my first intervention phase, I met my goal every week After I changed my goal to zero, there was only one week for which I did not meet my goal Overall, I considered this to be a very successful intervention My Results
Before starting this class, I tried to kick my caffeine habit several times, but had no success without adding performance management. Now, I feel healthier, and happier knowing that I have finally achieved this goal. My Comments